65 Jocko Willink Quotes On Success In Life

John Gretton “Jocko” Willink is an American author, podcaster, and retired naval officer who served in the Navy SEALs. His military service included combat actions in the war in Iraq, where he eventually commanded SEAL Team 3’s Task Unit Bruiser that fought in the battle against the Iraqi insurgents in Ramadi and was honored with the Silver Star and Bronze Star for his service. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. These Jocko Willink quotes will motivate you.

Best Jocko Willink Quotes

  1. “The more you practice, the better you get, the more freedom you have to create.”~Jocko Willink
  2. “Don’t think in the morning. That’s a big mistake that people make. They wake up in the morning and they start thinking. Don’t think. Just execute the plan. The plan is the alarm clock goes off, you get up, you go work out. Get some.”~Jocko Willink
  3. “Most of us aren’t defeated in one decisive battle. We are defeated one tiny, seemingly insignificant surrender at a time that chips away at who we should really be.”~Jocko Willink
  4. “Don’t worry about motivation. Motivation is fickle. It comes and goes. It is unreliable – and when you are counting on motivation to get your goals accomplished, you will likely fall short.”~Jocko Willink
  5. “When a team takes ownership of its problems, the problem gets solved. It is true on the battlefield, it is true in business, and it is true in life.”~Jocko Willink
  6. “The moment the alarm goes off is the first test; it sets the tone for the rest of the day. The test is not a complex one: when the alarm goes off, do you get up out of bed, or do you lie there in comfort and fall back to sleep? If you have the discipline to get out of bed, you win – you pass the test .”~Jocko Willink
  7. Perseverance is also key to success in any endeavor, but without perseverance in combat, there can be no victory.”~Jocko Willink

  8. “The temptation to take the easy road is always there. It is as easy as staying in bed in the morning and sleeping in. But discipline is paramount to ultimate success and victory for any leader and any team.”~Jocko Willink , Jocko Willink quotes on discipline
  9. “If you get your ego in your way, you will only look to other people and circumstances to blame.”~Jocko Willink
  10. “I’m not a complete psychopath. Am I partially? Sure. I’ll accept that. But I’m not a complete psychopath.”~Jocko Willink
  11. “There is one thing that gets you out of bed in the morning, and that is discipline. Because your dreams and your goals are not there waking up for you in the morning.”~Jocko Willink
  12. “We all have a tendency to avoid our weaknesses. When we do that, we never progress or get any better.”~Jocko Willink
  13. “I eat steak primarily. That’s pretty much what my diet consists of. Sometimes I supplement that with other steaks.”~Jocko Willink
  14. “With Benghazi, I don’t see anyone saying, ‘Hey look, I am overall responsible for this and therefore, I take responsibility for what happened. It’s my fault.’ I haven’t heard that yet. Meanwhile, the other side of the coin, the Osama bin Laden raid, it seems everyone made that decision, and that’s just unbelievable to me.”~Jocko Willink
  15. “Didn’t get promoted? Good. More time to get better.”~Jocko Willink

  16. “When things are going bad, there’s going to be some good that’s going to come from it.”~Jocko Willink
  17. “One of the key qualities a leader must possess is the ability to detach from the chaos, mayhem, and emotions in a situation and make good, clear decisions based on what is actually happening.”~Jocko Willink
  18. “Things won’t get better dwelling on the past. Accept what has happened. Then move forward.”~Jocko Willink
  19. “Since the team understands that the leader is de facto in charge, in that respect, a leader has nothing to prove. But in another respect, a leader has everything to prove: Every member of the team must develop the trust and confidence that their leader will exercise good judgment, remain calm, and make the right decisions when it matters most.”~Jocko Willink
  20. “It’s not fun to get out of bed early in the morning. When the alarm goes off, it doesn’t sing you a song: it hits you in the head with a baseball bat. So how do you respond to that? Do you crawl underneath your covers and hide? Or do you get up, get aggressive, and attack the day?”~Jocko Willink
  21. “If you’re going to wake up early all the time, and you’re working hard, and you’re working out, sometimes you’re going to get tired. It’s OK. It’s acceptable – somewhat. We’re all human, unfortunately.”~Jocko Willink
  22. “If I’ve got something do. I’m going to attack it. I’m going to attack that stress.”~Jocko Willink

  23. “Jiu-Jitsu is probably the No. 1 activity that I could recommend to someone to improve their lives overall.”~Jocko Willink
  24. “It’s a lose-lose situation to get in a confrontation on the street. If you can break contact and get away, break contact and get away. That’s what you should learn self-defense for.”~Jocko Willink
  25. “That nice, soft pillow and the warm blanket, and it’s all comfortable, and no one wants to leave that comfort – but if you can wake up early in the morning, get a head start on everyone else that’s still sleeping, get productive time doing things that you need to do – that’s a huge piece to moving your life forward.”~Jocko Willink
  26. “There are a lot of inaccuracies out there when it comes to the SEAL training process. You will see guys carrying logs around on television. They think that the hardest part about being on a SEAL team is getting through that training. The fact of the matter is, if you have a good attitude, that training is fun. I had a blast.”~Jocko Willink
  27. “Getting out of bed is like the foundation of the discipline, and I think it carries over into everything else.”~Jocko Willink

  28. “If it’s stress of things that we cannot control, what you have to do is you mitigate that stress as much as possible. You’ve planned, you’ve trained, you’ve done everything you can in your power to mitigate the stress that’s facing you. And then after that, there’s nothing you can do. So, you have to let that one go.”~Jocko Willink
  29. “Just do some kind of workout. Doesn’t matter if it’s going for a walk around the block, going for a jog, doing some calisthenics, lifting weights, going to a pool and swimming – you name it. But do something that gets your blood flowing and gets your mind in the game.”~Jocko Willink
  30. “Discipline starts every day when the first alarm clock goes off in the morning. I say ‘first alarm clock’ because I have three, as I was taught by one of the most feared and respected instructors in SEAL training: one electric, one battery powered, one windup.”~Jocko Willink
  31. “If you try and work out at 4:30 in the afternoon, how many people are going to chip away at that time? Your boss, your job, your work, your family, your other obligations that you might have. At 4:30 in the morning, all those people are asleep, so you can do whatever you want.”~Jocko Willink
  32. “Leadership is hard. It’s a skill. It’s a technique.”~Jocko Willink

  33. “If you continue to keep low performers on your team, that are actually dragging the team down; you’re failing the whole team, and eventually, the whole team is going to fail.”~Jocko Willink
  34. “When things are going bad, don’t get all bummed out. Don’t get startled; don’t get frustrated. If you can say the word ‘good,’ guess what? It means you’re still alive. It means you’re still breathing.”~Jocko Willink
  35. “While discipline and freedom seem like they sit on opposite sides of the spectrum, they are actually very connected.”~Jocko Willink
  36. “I would venture to guess that the biggest reason creative types don’t produce isn’t because they don’t have vision… or talent… in most cases, it’s a lack of discipline.”~Jocko Willink
  37. “Waking up early was the first example I noticed in the SEAL Teams in which discipline was really the difference between being good and being exceptional.”~Jocko Willink
  38. “If you have to stand and fight, you train yourself so that you’re able to do it.”~Jocko Willink

  39. “We named the book ‘Extreme Ownership’ because we really found that when we looked at not only at leaders but at teams that were the most successful, we found that the ones that had this attitude of extreme ownership were the ones that did the best, and it’s definitely an attitude that I had.”~Jocko Willink , Jocko Willink quotes on ownership
  40. “There are people in the world who have skills and strength and talent that I will never have. Never. These notions that you can ‘be whatever you want to be as long as you want it bad enough’ are not true. They are fairy tales.”~Jocko Willink
  41. “We all have limitations. I don’t have the right genes to be an Olympic weightlifter. I don’t have the right genetics to be an Olympic sprinter. Or gymnast. Sure, if I trained my whole life, perhaps I could have become fairly decent in those sports.”~Jocko Willink Quotes
  42. “If all you’re doing is grinding for the man, it’s going to burden you. Once you say, ‘Hey, I’m grinding for the man, but I’m putting money away, and this is part of my exit strategy,’ you’re working for you.”~Jocko Willink
  43. “One of the things I definitely think of as a driver of me is fear. And it’s fear of failure, fear of being overtaken.”~Jocko Willink

  44. “If I’ve got a problem with one of my clients that needs to get solved, guess what I’m going to do? I’m going to call them up, and I’m going to say, ‘Hey, here’s what’s going on. This is the situation. This thing went sideways. I didn’t expect it. Now it’s going to take me some more time to get you what you need.’ But I’m going to do that upfront.”~Jocko Willink
  45. “What makes you a SEAL, what makes you a SEAL is being a good tactician on the battle field, understanding how to shoot, move, and communicate, knowing small unit maneuver warfare. That’s what makes a good SEAL, and so that is the course of instruction that I taught, was getting SEAL platoons ready for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.”~Jocko Willink
  46. “I did 20 years in the Navy. I joined the Navy right out of high school and went through Navy boot camp, went to SEAL training, got done with that, and then showed up at a SEAL team, where I did 20 years. That was pretty much my whole adult life.”~Jocko Willink
  47. “Why do you want to get a good workout early in the morning? Well, because it sends more oxygen to your brain; it releases endorphins. It puts you in a state of mind where you can crush things, which is where you want to be.”~Jocko Willink

  48. “One of the best mental disciplines for people to implement is simply putting together a schedule or a task list and actually executing it. Write the list or the schedule the night before, and then do what you said you would do. Life becomes much better when you do that.”~Jocko Willink , Jocko Willink quotes on life
  49. “A lot of times, people have something that they’re afraid of. They’ve got a client that’s mad at them. They’ve got a project that’s due. And they let that stress hang over their head. I don’t let that happen.”~Jocko Willink
  50. “If you wake up whenever you want, and you slept for 10 hours, and you’re lazy getting out of bed, then I believe that affects your whole life in a negative way.”~Jocko Willink
  51. “When individual members of the team are highly disciplined, they can be trusted and, therefore, allowed to operate with very little oversight.”~Jocko Willink
  52. “I’m always reading the next book. Taking notes. Highlighting, researching, studying. It doesn’t stop.”~Jocko Willink

  53. “Do I have chocolate chip cookies? Yes, I do. Do I have mint chocolate chip milkshakes? Yes, I do. I love them. They are fantastic. But when I have them, they’re worth it. I earned them. I did something. I worked out super hard. I stayed clean on food.”~Jocko Willink
  54. “The best leaders understand the motivations of their team members and know their people – their lives and their families. But a leader must never grow so close to subordinates that one member of the team becomes more important than another, or more important than the mission itself.”~Jocko Willink , Jocko Willink quotes on leadership
  55. “The thing about Jiu Jitsu is it is also not for everybody. It can be very humiliating and humbling. If you have a hard time dealing with the fact that someone smaller than you may be able to tap you out, it is going to be difficult.”~Jocko Willink
  56. “Jiu Jitsu is a great workout both mentally and physically. You want to be strong for it and flexible for it.”~Jocko Willink
  57. “One of my direct subordinates, one of my guys that worked for me, he would call me up or pull me aside with some major problem, some issue that was going on. And he’d say, ‘Boss, we’ve got this, and that, and the other thing.’ And I’d look at him and I’d say, ‘Good.’”~Jocko Willink
  58. “I would say there are some foods that I strongly recommend that you do not eat. No. 1 on that list, I believe, is doughnuts. Comfort food. Zero value. Don’t eat them.”~Jocko Willink
  59. “Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to be in combat.”~Jocko Willink

  60. “When I checked into SEAL Team One many years ago, one of the things that I noticed was there was this old guy, who was younger than I am today, who I decided that I was going to be like. I wanted to emulate what he was doing, and one of those things was he got to work before anybody else.”~Jocko Willink
  61. “Your success, or lack of success, is your responsibility. Even when you have a chain of command that you don’t like as well, its your responsibility to work with the up chain of command.”~Jocko Willink Quotes
  62. “Anybody who tells you that a two-day conference, you’re going to turn into the General Patton of leadership, they’re not telling you the truth. But you can learn the fundamentals; you can absolutely understand the fundamentals.”~Jocko Willink
  63. “Who wants to leave the door open to being dominated physically by another human being? Jiu-Jitsu gives you the ability to not be dominated by that person, and to me, that’s real peace of mind. I don’t have to worry about that when I’m walking around in the world.
  64. “We have food all around us all the time, and if we haven’t eaten for three hours, we think we’re starving. You’re not starving – human beings can go for 30 days without food.”~Jocko Willink
  65. Just on a practical side, if you wake up early in the morning – like at 4:30 in the morning – you’re going to have some free time to yourself to make things happen, to take care of things that are important to you.”~Jocko Willink

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