August's Book of the Month
Updated: Aug 13
Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual
“The only person you can control is you. So focus on making yourself who you want to be...:”
“Waking up in six days or six weeks or six years or sixty years and being no closer to your goal… You have made no progress. That is the horror. That is the nightmare. That is what you really need to be afraid of: Being stagnant. So. Get up. And. Go.”
What is the major take away from the book?
The major take away for me was the concept of good. If you are experiencing any hardship, delay, failure, defeat or challenge, then just tell yourself “Good”. When something is wrong or is going bad, then you can use it as a learning opportunity. Learn to prevent the hardship from happening again. Use the failure as an opportunity to improve in some way. Use the time you would’ve spent on a project that fell through and work on something else. Good comes from any hardship. Also, if you can say the word good, then that means that you’re still alive and you’ve got some fight in you. So get up, compose yourself, and go out on the attack.
What do you think is the book's greatest value? What makes it special or worthwhile?
The greatest value of the book is taking common ideas and phrasing them in a way that takes all of the excuses out. It shows that if you have a true “Why” behind your actions, and do things with intention, then that will guide you through life and make the tough decisions for you. Jocko says that he lives his life under extreme discipline to honor those who sacrificed their lives for him to have the gift of freedom. He wants to make every minute of his life count for them. Do everything with intention and do things that align with your “Why”.
Would you want to read it again?
Yes, I would read it again down the road to see if I can take any other nuggets from the book when I’m in a different stage in life and in a different mindset.
Would you recommend it to someone? Why or why not?
I would recommend this book because it explains how discipline can open up so many doors for everyone and why it is so important to implement in everyone’s life.