Getting After the Jocko Podcast

I had a rough idea of what to expect when I first listened to episode one of the Jocko Podcast at November 2017 having been introduced to Jocko Willink on the Tim Ferriss show.

I knew the podcast would be good however I did not know it would be great.

As the first couple of episodes were an hour long I also thought I’d easily catch up to the current episode 100 in a month or two. Wrong.

Most episodes are at least two hours long and are jam packed with so many lessons to learn from guests, authors and the hosts that occasionally there is need to pause and go back to get something missed.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m one of those people that can’t concentrate on a podcast and do any work that requires too much thinking. Therefore podcasts have to wait until driving, mowing the lawn, housework or excersize (not that I do enough of the latter).

It is one thing to just listen however if there is nothing learned or if I don’t make a positive change then other than entertainment, all those hours that Jocko Podcast put in and my listening time is of no value.

I listen to podcasts because I want to be informed and improve myself. Listening needs to be backed up by action. Fortunately Jocko Willink and Leif Babin have written two books (Extreme Ownership, Dochotomy of Leadership) to help reinforce the lessons of their leadership discussed on the podcast. There is also “Q and A” episodes where listeners can submit questions to the podcast via social media.

Aside from the leadership and personal development the podcast offers there is also excellent history lessons through the book readings and reviews and the interviews with veterans. I find the way Jocko Willink reads great at putting me in the moment so to speak.

The closing of each podcast is where we get to hear from Echo Charles (aside from his input into Q and A) and get updates on “staying on the path”.

Give the Jocko Podcast a go to learn more about leadership, history and human nature. It is not necessary to listen to every episode as I have, that’s just the way I am, however they do interlink occasionally and if there is a guest that appears more than once it is recommended to go back to the first time they were on.

One side effect of all this listening is additional vocabulary I seem to have picked up:

  • Check
  • Cover and move
  • Flank
  • Discipline equals freedom
  • Get after it
  • Chain of command
  • Detach
  • Prioritise and execute
  • Stay on the path
  • Slippery slope
  • Supporch



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