86,400 seconds a day, you are being programmed.
If you want to allow others program you, you can do that .. you will be programmed in each one of your 86,400 seconds of each day to be something ... the default is letting someone else program you -- but you can choose, with each second -- you don't have to be programmed according to what somebody else wants you to be.
As stated in previous posts the KEY is to program YOUR Workflow-As-Code LOOKING FORWARD ... to make each second of each of YOUR days more productive for making YOU more productive in YOUR future, not somebody else's future ... YOU decide who YOU want to be.
YOU have to plan, looking forward, getting stronger for where YOU will be in 5, 10, 25 years. For example, if you are a 57-year-old man, YOU have to prepare to be a stronger 62-year-old man so that you can become a strong 67-year old man so that you can become a strong 82-year-old ... it is beyond STUPID for a 57 year old to want to become someone else OR even to look back or prepare to be a strong 52-year old man, strong 47-year old, a strong and tough 32-year-old elite SEAL or professional athlete. Do not look back, you are not going that way.
There are tons of self-help and advice experts out there who have advice for you ... it might work for them, but not ALL of their plan will work for you. You can still use it. There's no end to the genre, but we all probably know that the "perfect formula" for continually seeing results in improving your overall health, fitness, productivity in all realms comes down to taking charge of your plan and then having the discipline to stick with it. For example, your Workflow-As-Code might be about applying diligent effort to and focusing on five disciplines in your life:
1) emapathetic listening, simplifying life, removing non-value-added activities;
2) getting better rest, drinking more water, making each breath a good breath;
3) eating better but mostly eating less, eliminating what you should not eat;
4) moving a lot more, not just cardio/lifting at a gym/dojo, but cleaning, fixing;
5) take less for granted, develop proficiencies in security/food/engineering
You might define your different disciplines differently, but how you do that ultimately has to be about increasing YOUR strength and you define strength ... it is YOUR life and YOUR life demands well-rounded, durable strength for what YOU want to become.
STRENGTH is never quitting on yourself and always being ready and able to stand up to tough situtations or enemies. STRENGTH cannot be a matter of false bravado or bullyingothers. Leading with strength is a matter of doing what nobody wants to do; overcoming fear is a matter of stepping into that fear. It's a matter of preparation and training to be prepared to lead, to be prepared to overcome fear... discipline, just staying at it, leading, standing up, being ready ... never, ever, ever quitting on yourself.
Obviously, these five disciplines are very important; you may define your particular five disciplines differently -- you are different, so you should use your own situation, do your own investigation, develop your own five disciplines for YOU ... but I believe that SIXTH discipline to strength in LEADERSHIP is most important ... that sixth step is about being an example, standing up and involving others, bringing others along ... the SIXTH discipline is not about you, it is about "arming thy neighbor," it is making others STRONGER.
Because that, I am a fan of the ... it is NOT because I RESPECT Jocko (I do!) or even that I RESPECT what others think, especially those who also RESPECT Jocko because he is one tough, intimidating SEAL. Oddly enough, Jocko's toughness is perhaps almost TOO obvious -- Jocko is not why I am fan of that podcast ... I am a fan because of how that podcast is done, how it is delivered, how the podcast serves as an example on many different levels.
It's not all that fancy -- the podcast is just a very HONEST discussion of INTENSE PRACTICALITY and focus on preparation and training and OWNERSHIP ... just was emphasized there because it's NOT -- "just" is a matter of making the extremely difficult APPEAR very simple. So I the podcast in a meta-sense; I think of the Jocko Podcast as THE template in how a podcast should be done. HONESTY. PRACTICALITY. INTENSITY. STRENGTH.
What is perhaps strongest is in how Jocko brings others in for the discussion and really involves a variety of people, eg Tim Ferriss, Roger Hayden, Kieran Dougherty, Jody Mitnic, et al in his discussion of EXTREME OWNERSHIP ... and Echelon Front. In other words ... YES, the Jocko Podcast is definitely about MARKETING ... and NETWORKING with others ... and interacting on social media, and answering questions/comments and developing a COMMUNITY of people who really get it.
So THIS post is about why I am a fan of that Jocko podcast for really internalizing a "perfect formula" for continually seeing quantitative imporovement. It helps that the podcast has good content that is very personal, very human, very warm, very down-to-earth but PRACTICAL content in the vein of the writing of Col David Hackworth on instilling habits, helping others build habits, diligence and the necessity of working at getting stronger in order to get stronger in order to get stronger ... to face IMPOSSIBLE situations, like combat ... but THIS particular post of WORKFLOW-AS-CODE is about the META-ISSUE, the example that the Jocko podcast provides that is worthy of emulation.
Take a few moments to review the Jocko podcasts ... if you have not already done so, listen to a few of the episodes ... understand and RESPECT the Jocko podcast as "perfect formula" for the way a podcast should be done. Maybe you can find a better template -- but I sorta doubt it ...
61: Confronting People Who’ve Been Talking Behind Your Back. How to Deal with Anger Management Issues. Be Careful With Praise.
60: The Importance of Standing Up Against Evil, and its Heavy Cost. “The Rape of Nanking”
59: Valuable & Applicable Lessons from Battle that Apply Directly to Your Life, w/ Brian Stann
58: Overcoming Regrets of a Wasted Life, How to Maximize Morale, Aligning Goals Up the Chain
57: STRATEGIKON: How to Apply Timeless Combat Leadership Lessons to the Battlefield, Business and Life
56: Overcoming Stress, Sleep Deprivation, and The Darkness with Peter Attia
55: How to Eliminate Complacency with Age, Dealing w/ Hostile Drunk Idiots, Vets w/ Bad Behavior
54: How to Lead and Command Ultimate Respect. With the “Armed Forces Officer Manual”
53: WILL CONQUERS ALL, “Colder Than Hell”, Lessons Learned from A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir
51: “The Coldest War.” Mortars, Battle Fatigue, and THE COLD
50: With Tim Ferriss – Darkness & How to Stay on the Path, Last Days of Life & What to Do, Back-up Plans, Misconceptions
49: How to SMASH Days When You ‘Don’t Feel Like it’, How to Deal w/ Passive-Aggressive People, Advice for SOF Newlyweds
48: “I Fought With Custer”, How Ego can Kill You, Avoid the Slippery Slope
47: How to Overcome Set-backs at Work, MMA Fighters VS. SEALS, Prep VS. Winging it, Rituals for mindset, BJJ Gym Loyalty
46: Jeremiah “JP” Dinnell & Jocko Discuss War, Fighting, and Life
45: Wooden Leg, Native American Warrior
44: Negative People, Entitled Team after Extreme Ownership, Managing with your Meyers-Briggs Personality Type.
43: Glory of the Trenches. Discipline, The Selfishness of Cowardice & Giving Up
42: Fallen Hero Mikey Monsoor, SEAL Vet Andrew Paul: Leadership, Life, Loss, & Lessons Learned
41: SEAL Vet Tony Eafrati, Scariest Moments, Prepared to Die, Early Days, Transitioning to Civilian Life
40: Avoid Conflict Without Being a Weakling, Dealing w/ Random Threatening People, Was Jocko Disciplined as a Kid?
39: Brave Men
38: BOOTS. How to Effectively Navigate Life, Land, & the Battlefield. Infantry Columns, On Patrol, The Beloved Captain, Jocko Academy for Young Troopers, The Warpath
37: Vietnam Vet Navy SEAL Roger Hayden, War Stories
36: Photographer, Kieran Doherty. Images & Experience of Belfast, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Liberia, The Sudan
35: Maneuver Warfare, Being a Rebel, Disarming w/ Words, Sliding into Old Habits
34: Leif Babin – Ambushed Cops, Benghazi, Tempers, SEAL Combatives
33: The Killing Zone (F. Downs), Male Psyche & Fighting, BJJ Frustrations, Talking about Yourself, Fear of Failure
32: Privileged People, Leading Women Teams, Discipline Equals Financial Freedom, Does Micromanaging Ever Work?
31: Book Review, “Four Hours in My Lai” by Michael Bilton
30: Overwhelmed Countering Mental Shut-Down, Losing Temper with your Wife, Loyalty to Co-workers vs Ambition
29: Book Review. “Platoon Leader: A Memoir of Command in Combat”, James R. McDonough
28: “Steel My Soldiers’ Hearts, BJJ SOP’s, Going Back to College, Leadership, Who’s Standard to Follow
27: “How to be Strong, Healthy, and Happy”, “I Remember the Last War”, Bob Hoffman, Being Late, Judo VS BJJ, Family/Priority
26: Omaha Beach and Beyond, Surfing, Relax during BJJ, Flanking, Manipulation
25: Jody Mitic(Pt.2)Q&A – Mental Prep, Stressful Situations, “Soldier First” Principle, Jody’s Wife
24: Canadian Sniper-Jody Mitic, “Unflinching” Interview & Book Review
23: The Art of War “Sun Tzu”, Dealing w/ Betrayal, Sport VS Self-defense BJJ, Campaign for Change
22: Mind Control, Knowing Personalities, Greg Jackson, Over-Thinkers
21: Tim Kennedy, Police Self Defense & Use of Force, Women in Special Forces, UFC, Chaos
20: Parenting? Nature VS Nurture? Crossfit? The Jiu Jitsu Grind. Gaining Confidence
19: Over-Detachment, Bullying, Helping VS Enabling, Theatrics/Acting, Use of Force
18: One Soldier’s War, Mobility Workouts, Rehearsals, BUDS Training, Compromise
17: Band of Brothers, Losing the Fight Going Down Swinging, Jocko/Echo Backstory
16: MACHETE SEASON, BJJ COMPETITION MINDSET, INJURIES, SCHEDULES WITH NEW KIDS, ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
15: Band of Brothers, Henry V, Breaking Rules, Teaching Aggression, Jocko’s BJJ Style, Lazy Habits & Procrastination
14: Guilty Pleasures, Storm of Steel book review, Training Schedules, Lazy Delegation, Evals, BUDS Filter
13: Chechens VS Russians, UFC 196 Review, Supplements
12: What Made Jocko, When to Quit, Mistakes & Trust, Fitness for Military, Switching On & Off
11: Jocko’s Retirement Speech, Leif Babin, Charlie Platoon, Task Unit Bruiser, Stories, Memories, Heroes, and Lessons Learned
9: “The Motivation” – General Patton, Jiu Jitsu for Streets, Home Gyms, Hero Worship
8: USMC Manual(Book Review), Physical Limits, Injuries, Fear of Public Speaking
7: Where Does Discipline Come From? Project Jaffna, Gains, & BJJ
6: Napoleon, Aggression, Mind Control
5: Corrective Measures, Workouts, Diet, Marcinko and Rollins
4: Rendezvous With Death, Disrespect, Workouts
3: Jocko & Echo (The Last Hundred Yards [book], Jiu Jitsu, Bosses, Failure)
2: Jocko & Echo (“About Face”, Mental Toughness, NewYears Resolutions?)
1: Jocko & Echo (Discipline, Ownership)