Jocko’s Watch and COP Dawn

 Jocko Willink Seizes the Day
Jocko Willink Seizes the Day

I woke up: 5:49 a.m. The image of  Jocko’s watch appeared in my mind: zero four something every day. Today, I failed the Jocko test. OK, I lost this round. Why? I thought through the previous day. I identified time mistakes that led me to fail. Those I will fix today. Tomorrow, I’ll be up with Jocko again.

When I first read Extreme Ownership, I would have been proud of 5:49 a.m. Most of the time then, it was zero six something, sometimes even zero seven something. I was losing the battle. Opportunity after opportunity slipped away. I was down. I was out. On the ropes. Whatever image paints the picture of a beaten man for you, that was me. My world owned me. It was brutal. Constantly bludgeoned and whipped by events and situations, I was bleeding from every emotional orifice in my body, anus to eardrums.

Then providence brought me Extreme Ownership. One powerful statement grabbed my attention: “The leader must own his world, there is no other excuse.” This was the catalyst. The laser power of Extreme Ownership etched that sentence on my psyche. Neighborhood by neighborhood of my world I started applying the principles that U.S. Forces used in the Battle of Ramadi to push back terror: “Seize, Clear, Hold, and Build.”

So now when I see the picture of Jocko’s watch on Twitter, it reminds me that my morning is the most strategic terrain of my day. At this stage of the campaign to take back my life, morning is my focus. I have seized, cleared, and for the most part am holding as I build this crucial Combat Out-Post: COP Dawn. Yes, today, I took a hit. The battle never ceases. But even though under fire, I build. May you do the same. It’s not just SEALs who go to war. War is your day. Own it! Lead yourself and win! May your COP Dawn meet or surpass Jocko standard time.


Love the Timex Ironman!

Thursday Jueves

Thursday, December 31, 2015. On this very special last Thursday of the year please remember Jueves, Thursday. Remember it today and every Thursday to come.

On Thursday, March 11, 2004, jihadi terrorists executed a murderous coordinated bomb attack against the commuter train system in Madrid, Spain. The explosions killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800. The song Jueves, by the Latin Grammy award winning group La Oreja de van Gogh, commemorates that horrific day.

The tide of terror has only waxed higher since the human hecatomb offered up on the alter of the god of fear on March 11, 2004. May those waters abide far from your doorstep in the new year. But in safety or danger may you always remember what is lost with every human blown to pieces for the Jihad.

You can play and view the song in the video screen below. Note: To see subtitles click on the cc icon. Then select Spanish text or English or both. If you wish to see the annotation about the “poema de Bécquer,” also click the bookmark icon and select . You can navigate the song via the Transcript tab screen right.

Eve of Everything

The Eve of Everything Now

On this last day we unfurl wings
of mind, memory, imagination:
mythical concatenation creatures
of all that soars, darts, flutters,
visits flowers and great heights.

We soar the winds not taken,
transformed forever,
in an instant,
forever changed,
and changing everything,

Frostian ages hence,
we will know,
though earth forget,
we were the difference.
Going ungentle,
we changed it all.

You and I,
and you and she,
and he and I,
us, more and more of us,
in fractal waves
rising, pulsing, welling up
through space and time.

We were and are
creation’s divine dance
beyond our span of life
until creation is not
and time is not
and forever is not
out there,
but right here,
right now,

And we were!
She and he,
you and I,
myriad links expanding
in spheres of every light.

And we are,
you and I, present
in the last grain
of the ultimate day,
in the last null span
of the eternal point
between was and will be.

We were
and are!
Every action,
every inaction,
every decision,
every indecision,
changing everything
Thus we were
and always are
the eve of everything.

© 2015, A. Allen Rowe, Ph.D.

This is v2.0, the 2016 edition, of the original poem and contains numerous changes.
For Steve M, Anton, Brenden, Bart and all those who make a difference. Thank you.

Thalia Zumba Star

I wrote this for my wife Thalia in 2010. Today LA Fitness called her. They will audition her for a position as Zumba instructor at their Las Colinas location. So indeed, ¡”la niña sale bailar”!

La Niña Sale Bailar
© 2010, A. Allen Rowe, para Thalía

Le interesa la clase de danza árabe.
Hay ballet pero sus horarios no se acomodan.
Dice que necesita bajar de peso.
No lo creo.
Su belleza es clásica, no de hoy,
belleza de poder, vitalidad y pasión,
no floja, débil, o corrupta,
belleza de Rubens y no de publicidad.
Pero su mente susurra lo contrario,
para justificarse a si misma
y a los demás.

Este pretexto esconde la verdad.
¿la verdad? . . . su corazón tiene otra razón:
quiere liberar la niña.

De pequeña, su corazón ordenó al cuerpo de bailar.
Como niña, su alma ardía de expresarse
con música, ritmos, y danza,
a festejar nueva vida
explotando de alegría.

Sus circunstancias no lo permitieron,
e hicieron presa su alma.

Pero hoy, felicitaciones, señorita.
La niña sale de su cárcel.
La niña sale bailar.

La niña sale bailar
La niña sale bailar


Deep Immersion®

Do you have a personal or business need to learn fast and learn more? Ten days of Deep Immersion® equaled a semester of Arabic language study for U.S. military personnel. You can apply Deep Immersion® techniques to accelerate leaning for greater success in your personal, professional and family life. Do you strive to live to the max? Do you seek peak performance at work? Is it your job to lead others to higher achievement? Tweet me @allenrowe.

As a look-ahead, here is a testimony from the original Deep Immersion® implementation, the Pre-Deployment Survival Arabic Project–PSAP (To my knowledge, no higher-resolution video recording of this project is available. At the time, no professional publicity exposure was sought):