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Jocko Willink: Discipline = Freedom



PragerU has a new video from Jocko Willink on Discipline on the hard road to inevitable success.

In this year’s 2019 PragerU Commencement Address, Navy Seal (Ret.) and best-selling author, Jocko Willink, offers some hard-learned, practical advice. It all starts with Discipline. That’s what will get you on the road to personal fulfillment and success – and keep you there. Watch and find out why.

We cannot do justice to this short [5:43 min] Commencement Address, so this will just be summary of the main points:
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One of the best things I’ve learned is that anyone has what it takes to travel the hard road – to walk The Path that leads to success. That includes you. It won’t be easy. It will demand everything you’ve got to give. But you can do it, and I want to give you three key principles I’ve learned that will help you to get it done.

Principle number one: Discipline. Equals. Freedom.

That’s not a contradiction – it’s an equation. Discipline might appear to be the opposite of freedom. But, in fact, discipline is the path to freedom.

Discipline is the driver of daily execution. Discipline defeats the infinite excuses that hold you back.

Some people think motivation is what will compel them to get things done. But motivation is just an emotion – a feeling, and like all feelings, it’s fickle: it comes and goes. You can’t count on motivation to be there when you need to get through truly challenging times.

Principle Number Two: Stay. Humble.

In life, you are going to have to do things that you don’t want to do. Maybe things that you don’t think you should have to do – things that offend your precious ego.

Now, being humble does not mean that you shouldn’t be confident. You certainly have to believe that you are a capable person. But don’t let confidence turn into arrogance. So keep your ego in check and stay humble.

The third and final principle: Take. Ownership. Of. Everything.

I call this “Extreme Ownership.”

In the military, the best leaders and the best troops were the ones that took ownership of everything in their world – not just the things they were responsible for, but for every challenge and obstacle that impacted their mission.

So: be disciplined in all that you do. Don’t subject yourself to the whims of motivation. Stay humble and be willing to do what needs to be done.

And: take extreme ownership of your life and everything in it.

Then: choose the hard path – the path of responsibility, hard work, and sacrifice. The Path of discipline, humility, and ownership that ultimately leads to freedom.

If you follow these principles, then nothing in the world will stop you.

I’m Jocko Willink, host of the Jocko Podcast and author of Extreme Ownership, for Prager University.




A modest proposal: Trade Leftists wanting socialism for Hong Kong protesters wanting Liberty




A modest proposal Trade Leftists wanting socialism for Hong Kong protesters wanting Liberty

A win for all sides, the protesters can live freely with the right of self-defense, while leftists can live under socialist oppression.

There is a very dangerous situation brewing in Hong Kong. Many of the citizens there desperately want Liberty and the basic human right of self-defense. Meanwhile the Authoritarian  ‘Socialism with Chinese characteristics’ government wants to bring its iron fist down on these unarmed people who have made some basic demands for Liberty.

Not to make light of this dire situation, but there seems to be an obvious solution to this intractable problem. Simply swap those Leftists of the states that are demanding to live under socialistic slavery for those in Hong Kong who desire Liberty.

It would be a win-win for all sides; those from Hong Kong could finally live in freedom. Leftists could finally live under the oppressive boot of collectivism that they so much want for the states – as long as they are in charge. The ‘Socialism with Chinese characteristics’ totalitarian government would be rid of those who want Liberty to be replaced with Leftists from the states that are clamoring for the societal slavery of socialism

The protesters want the basic human right of self-defense, Leftists want the people disarmed.

Leftists seem to be oh so afraid of guns in the hands of Pro-Liberty patriots while being enamored with a socialist government with overwhelming firepower, so this would be a perfect opportunity to experience the government having a monopoly on the use of force. Meanwhile the good people of Hong Kong know all too well the mismatch of a totalitarian government with guns against unarmed crowds. Leftists could feel safe with government guns pointed at them, while the protesters would be able to defend themselves.

The protesters proudly display the symbols of Liberty, Leftists burn them.

The people of Hong Kong already know about the value of Liberty and the symbolism of the US flag and national anthem. Videos have shown them proudly singing the Star-Spangled Banner while standing up for it’s true meaning.

Contrast this with Leftists who only see the concepts of Liberty and democracy as a means to attain totalitarian power over the people. Never mind that they would rather kneel for the national anthem or burn the flag.

Being facetious to prove a point.

While is may seem that we are being insensitively factious, it’s to prove a very important point. The good people of Hong Kong know the true meaning of Liberty since it is under threat. The Left does not because they are the threat to Liberty.

Only those who have lived under oppression can fully appreciate the absence of Liberty. Leftist have the misguided notion that they will be the one’s in charge of the oppression or they think that giving the government absolute power will work out okay because they wish it to be so. They are also hoping to loot their fellow countrymen for all kinds of goodies, but no one is supposed to talk about that.

The Bottom-Line.

No matter what happens, the desperate situation in Hong Kong, Venezuela and other places under socialist national oppression should be a glaring abject lesson for the Left. Socialism always turns out this way because it is the nature of the beast. A system built on oppression only has one option when the grandiose promises cannot be fulfilled. That is the lesson for the Leftists and why socialism must be avoided at all costs.

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Insane California public school curriculum pushes further from the truth



Insane California public school curriculum pushes further from the truth

Who benefits from capitalism? All Americans. Which races are harmed the most by capitalism? None, because capitalism has absolutely, positively nothing to do with race. But this is just one of many changes to public school curricula in progressive California.

It’s as if they’ve bought in wholly to the notion that we must create a post-truth society and they’re willing to do so in their huge state. Unfortunately, as California goes, so too does much of the rest of the country. Left-leaning states watch California and follow their lead when it comes to policies and this public education curriculum is no exception.

One America News and Heritage Foundation’s Mary Clare Amselem took on the issue and got to the facts about the untenable practices being used to impose a radical progressive indoctrination onto the children of California. It’s just the latest example of complete leftist lunacy taking over.

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A handshake, so simple but so powerful



Every once in a while, you see something that makes you remember how we used to interact in our communities. Today it was a handshake. I must be getting to a certain age. When I see something that reminds me of a simpler time when we dealt with each other face to face rather than via bytes and bits, I can’t help but smile.

So, I want to give props to this kindergarten teacher in Keene ISD in Texas. It is from over a year ago, but someone shared it today as kids across the nation are getting ready to go back to school.

I watched the video and was amazed at how something so simple can set the tone for a child’s day. A handshake with a pleasant greeting and an occasional impulsive hug giving everyone a chance to feel welcome. It teaches common decency and inclusion without getting preachy or using social justice teaching tactics to get there.

In a world where children will soon be texting, tweeting and using impersonal ways of communicating, this teacher has found a brilliant way to set a foundation for face to face interactions. In addition, there is physical contact in an increasingly PC  world where it is often discouraged. Yet we all know, sometimes we need a hug.

I would like to see this in every class right through homeroom in high school. Heck, I think some places of employment would even benefit. I recall a mentor of mine told me it was important for me to walk the manufacturing line every morning and say hello. Watching this video reminded me how much that daily exercise built trust and camaraderie between management and employees.

Saying hello became short conversations which evolved to me knowing who was having a baby, whose mother was sick and a whole host of other information that allowed me to connect on a personal level with the employees I was responsible for managing. When I moved on from that facility, there was not a single employee I bid farewell too that I did not get a bear hug from. I carried the lesson that being present and demonstrating sincere interest builds productive relationships through the rest of my career.

This teacher is setting a great foundation for that lesson in the simplest way possible. A handshake, good morning and looking your peers in the eye. I would wager that her class gets along better and has fewer disruptions as a result. Something we all may want to think about as our civil discourse seems to deteriorate.

Simply reaching out a hand and saying hello can start something positive.

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