Discipline Equals Freedom (with link to free audiobook)

In this post I’m going to detail my thoughts on a book called Discipline Equals Freedom and how its principles can further your life in general, but more specifically, your finances. See below for a link to the Discipline Equals Freedom free audiobook.

I think discipline should have a more exciting word that packs a punch when it’s said. It should pack a punch relative to the impact it can have on your life. I have read Jocko Willink’s book Discipline Equals Freedom a few times now and it never ceases to have an impact on my life.

I believe in working hard and having a vision for your life. While I’m certainly not perfect I believe the glue that holds everything together is the discipline that I have and will continue to develop.

Without discipline does anything long term every truly get accomplished? 

Who is Jocko?

Jocko Willink is the author of this book and few others . If you haven’t checked any of his material out he is my most highly recommended author. This review by another blogger captures his book, Extreme Ownership, perfectly. If you aren’t aware I’m a fan of Jocko and his approach to life. I even attended an event that him and his consulting company put on.

Jocko is a former Navy Seal that believes the key to success in nearly every situation is leadership. Part of being a good leader and having a successful life is unmitigated discipline. He’s been featured and interviewed on several sites, including Forbes.

Discipline Equals Freedom Free Audiobook

Audiobooks are a growing trend. I myself listen to several a year. It took me quite a while to find the audiobook of Discipline Equals Freedom because its not publicized that well. 

It turns out, The Discipline Equals Freedom free audiobook is on Spotify. Click here to take you to Part 1: Thoughts and Part 2: Actions. I’d highly recommend searching Jocko Willink on Spotify as you has some other good stuff.

Discipline Equals Freedom Book Outline

The book outline is about as simple as they come. There are two parts to the book. Part one is titled “Thoughts”. Here it is exactly what it sounds like, all the thoughts Jocko has on discipline. Some of the Chapters are titled:

  • Default Aggressive
  • Fear of Failure
  • The Warpath

The second part of the book is called “Actions”. In his typically simple nature the title tells exactly what this part of the book contains. It is centered around actions. While the beginning of this part of the book discusses some thoughts on actions to take, it quickly gets into the types of workouts Jocko completes.

Key Takeaways

To me this is one of those books that doesn’t get as much attention as it should. The title isn’t sexy. The content isn’t complex. Its simple. I think the keys to success in any aspect of life are analogous to the book, not sexy and just plain simple.

While I’ve read this book multiple times I walk away with largely the same three takeaways each time. The first is that discipline is the key to success. A lot of people these days rely on passion or motivation. 

They get all fired up about an idea and, as their motivation fades, so do their efforts. If you want anything you’ve got to stick with it for years, if not decades, and discipline is the tool you can use to get there.

The next takeaway is that I can decide to win. I can decide to accomplish my goals. If I haven’t already decided that I will save more money or I will hit my budget, then it probably won’t happen. People don’t take ownership of the outcome. Decide you will succeed.

The final takeaway may be one of the more important ones for me. Being an engineer I constantly wanted to analyze, plan and rethink my efforts. I want systems. I want efficiency and man do I love optimization. Guess what this gets me most of the time? Very little. How do I, or anyone for that matter, make progress? Take action. Your default mode should be to take action.

There is always a time for strategy, planning and optimization. Those should take up a small amount of your time. You should spend the bulk of your time taking action.

Discipline in Your Finances

This book can very easily be applied to your finances. I know I have and it has helped me out in so many ways. It has helped me realize that discipline in my budgeting and sticking to my systems is so important.

Also, lets not forget that you must take action. This mindset action can help with so many different things when it comes to your finances. Don’t believe me? Check these out.

  • Need to start budgeting? Open up google sheets (using Tiller) and start budgeting.
  • Been meaning to call and cancel your cable? Call and cancel your cable.
  • Need to start investing for retirement? Go to Vanguard and open up an account.
  • Opening a savings account has been on your todo list? Go to Ally and open one up! Pss check out why I use Ally here.

I know we all have those areas in our life where the solution is literally just an hour’s worth of work away but we don’t do it. Decide to have discipline. Decide you will win. Take action!

Favorite Quotes

Discipline: The root of all good qualities. The driver of daily execution. The core principle that overcomes laziness and lethargy and excuses. Discipline defeats the infinite excuses that say: Not today, not now, I need a rest, I will do it tomorrow.

The people who are successful decide they are going to be successful. They make that choice.

To reach goals and overcome obstacles and become the best version of you possible will not happen by itself. It will not happen cutting corners, taking shortcuts, or looking for the easy way. THERE IS NO EASY WAY. There is only hard work, late nights, early mornings, practice, rehearsal, repetition, study, sweat, blood, toil, frustration, and discipline. DISCIPLINE. THERE MUST BE DISCIPLINE.

Now is the time for strength. And through strength— and through will— and through unwavering discipline— I will become what I want to be. I will become who I want to be.

The only person you can control is you. So focus on making yourself who you want you to be: Faster. Stronger. Smarter. More humble. Less ego. Discipline your body. Free your mind. Get up early, and go.

what aggression is to me: The unstoppable fighting spirit. The drive. The burning desire to achieve mission success using every possible tool, asset, and strategy and tactic to bring about victory. IT IS THE WILL. TO. WIN. And if that kind of internal, relentless aggression is your DEFAULT MODE— YOU WILL WIN.