• Summary of Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink

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  • Narrated by: Derik Hendrickson
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Note: This is an unofficial summary & analysis of Jocko Willink’s Discipline Equals Freedom designed to enrich your listening experience.

This is an analysis of the revised and expanded version of Jocko Willink’s 2017 best-selling field manual. It covers a lot of bases, and offers not only tips on exercise and food, but also mental fortitude and willpower. It is designed to foster a sense of self-discipline using affirmative techniques and habit formation so that audiences can develop a mindset which allows for greater self-discipline. 

Jocko Willink is a highly decorated ex-SEAL, who has served in both Afghanistan and Iraq in live combat operations. His ideas about fitness and discipline come stem from his training and from his time as a commander. He retired from the SEALs in 2010 and has since gone on to be a martial arts instructor and a podcaster. The ideas found in this book complement those found in his first book Extreme Ownership: How US Navy Seals Lead and Win but go further into Jocko’s thought processes when it comes to self-discipline.  

As the title suggests, a large part of the book is devoted to developing a healthy attitude to discipline which helps you to live your best life. It should not be treated as an exclusive field manual for those who serve, as many of the advice and tips Jocko offers are applicable in civilian life as well. Along with his advice on exercise and mental stability, you will find philosophy about death and loss, depression and humility, and how far one should trust their instincts. 

Please note: This is a summary and analysis, not the original book.

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Good content, bad reading

I appreciate the thoughts on discipline and freedom, but the reader sounds robotic and very unnatural. The pauses are in the wrong places and it’s like he’s never read the script before. Great thoughts on relentless commitment to staying on the “war path” and overcoming fear and hesitation. The only thing I disagree with Jocko on is nutrition. He suggests a paleo diet and to avoid carbs like potatoes. Check out the Forks Over Knives documentary or website or Dr. John McDougall. The human body is meant to run on complex plant carbs like rice, potatoes and corn. The longest living, healthiest cultures eat this way. Our meat, dairy and processed western diet is causing chronic disease.

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Waste of credit!

Obviously I didn’t find this a worthwhile use of a credit and won’t make this mistake again. This is at best worth a dollar.

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A serviceable summary

The summary is fine however the sheer number of mispronounced words (including Jocko's last name) on the part of the narrator gets really distracting after a while.

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Good... But, I really wanted the Audiobook

Nice book ... it is worth many repeat listens. A nice attempt to summarize such a valuable concept.

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Great information coupled w/ workout routines (?)

I chose this summary because (obviously) I needed ideas to improve my self-discipline. Although this book contains only one man's ideas, most of them are very good and I intend to implement several of the author's personal guidelines. The book also contains several workout routines, which had absolutely nothing to do with why I chose the summary. I may even buy the book for more detail the author's methods of self- discipline, but perhaps the retailer will give a price break if I don't purchase the workout chapters.