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Discipline vs Motivation: A Retired Navy SEAL's Take

Jocko Willink, a retired Navy SEAL and bestselling author, has a unique take on success. He argues that discipline is more important than motivation. In his book "Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win," Willink explains why he believes that discipline is the key to achieving long-term success. Let's explore his ideas in more detail.

Discipline: The Foundation for All Success

According to Willink, motivation is not enough to achieve long-term success. It is fleeting and depends on external factors. Discipline, on the other hand, is internal and allows one to push through difficult times. He believes that discipline is the foundation for all success, saying, "Discipline equals freedom. The more disciplined you are, the more freedom you have. The less disciplined you are, the less freedom you have."

Setting Specific, Measurable, and Achievable Goals

In addition to discipline, Willink emphasizes the importance of setting specific, measurable, and achievable goals, and having an action plan to achieve them. He believes that discipline is the key to sticking to the plan and following through on the goals, even when motivation is low.

Developing Discipline in All Areas of Life

Willink encourages individuals to focus on developing discipline in all areas of life, whether it be in fitness, business, or personal relationships. He believes that discipline is what allows you to do what you need to do even when you don't want to do it. By developing discipline, you can achieve long-term success and overcome any obstacle.

What are some ways that you have developed discipline in your own life? Leave a comment below and let us know!


Willink, J. (2017). Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win. St. Martin's Press.

Ferriss, T. (2016, December 6). Jocko Willink on Discipline, Leadership, and Overcoming Doubt. Tim Ferriss.

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