War Stories


I’ve been listening to quite a bit of the Jocko Willink Podcast this week. Jocko is a retired Navy Seal who has become somewhat famous for his appearances on Joe Rogan and Tim Ferris’ podcasts. In addition to being a badass warrior, he’s a surfer, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, and successful entrepreneur.

His podcast usually opens with him reading sections of classic books about war, often written by soldiers. I’ve been listening to this stuff on the way to the gym in the morning and it is motivating. To listen to what people lost and suffered through has put me in a very focused mood lately. It feels profoundly disrespectful to not make the most of every second. There are people dying right now who would give anything to sit and be able to do something silly like write a blog.

 Most of Jocko’s Instagram feed is of his watch at absurdly early times.

The rest of the podcast is a conversation with Jocko’s cohost, Echo Charles. They hit on a lot of the same popular topics you might hear on Joe Rogan’s show: MMA, Jiu -Jitsu, weird news. But they also answer a lot of listener questions, often dispensing good hard nosed life advice.

It kind of hits on business, leadership, and entrepreneurship, too. Anyway, give it a listen. I’ve been turned on to a ton of good books and I could listen to war stories all day. It’s also really rekindled my interest in Jiu-Jitsu. My neck is feeling pretty good and if I can pick up a few hours more of freelance work each month, I’ll be able to afford it.

Jocks got his black belt from Dean Lister, which is pretty legit. 

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