Wisdom Day 14 July 2016: Flee Fools

First of all, Bonne fête de la Bastille, i.e., Happy Bastille Day! Lots of fireworks in France tonight, which on the French clock is just about now. My older son and his family are in Paris to enjoy it all. Would love to be with them, but here I am with you, which is not all bad. So here goes.

Escape quickly from the company of fools;
    they’re a waste of your time, a waste of your words.

The wisdom of the wise keeps life on track;
    the foolishness of fools lands them in the ditch. (The Book of Proverbs, Chapter 14, Verses 7 & 8, The Message, BibleGateway.com)

The take away? Roll with the wise. Let fools roll with fools. As Tim Ferriss warns:

“ . . . you are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.” (Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek, Amazon.com)

At this point in my life, it seems I associate most with Jocko Willink and Tim Ferriss, maybe sometimes even more than with my immediate family, i.e., wife and children. I invest numerous hours weekly listening to Jocko and Tim Ferriss podcasts and hours more on Twitter following Tim, Jocko and Jocko’s colleague, Leif Babin. These guys seem to be diminishing little by little my native foolishness. Some actual face-to-face would be even better. I’ll work on that.

In addition to the Jocko and Tim Ferriss podcasts, the following are some resources  that have helped in the quest to enhance strength and wisdom:

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Wisdom Day 12 June 2016: Wise Counsel

Without good direction, people lose their way;
    the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.
(Proverbs 11: Verse 11, The Message, BibleGateway.com)

Since I am by nature a fool, I need lots of wise counsel. In some ways my IQ has been a stumbling block. Smart does not equal wise. Along with wisdom, I need inspiration as well as an occasional kick in the pants to actually put the wisdom into action. At JockoPodcast.com I get plenty of all three essential ingredients: wise counsel, inspiration, and the boot leather to the butt. Wishing you the same. Not always pleasant but can be quite productive.

Some sources of wise counsel:

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The Brexit Doughnut

In 1931 Adolph Levitt’s Doughnut Corporation of America opened the first Mayflower Coffee Shop in Times Square. Some eighteen years later, The Mayflower Coffee Shop in Dallas was my absolute favorite place downtown.  The Mayflower was at 1701 Live Oak Street at Ervay, just across from the Medical Arts Building. I loved to go to appointments with Dr. Shaeffer, our family physician, even if it involved a shot. Why? Afterwards, Mother and I would cross over to doughnut heaven!

Ervay, Live Oak, and Elm: Just Another Wednesday Night — 1953 by Paula Bosse, flashbackdallas.com
Ervay, Live Oak, and Elm: Just Another Wednesday Night — 1953
by Paula Bosse, flashbackdallas.com. Entrance to Mayflower Coffee Shop below the Maxwell House sign.

In the Mayflower I first found what now seems to me the answer to the Brexit storm. A huge illustrated mural above the doughnut counter proclaimed The Optimist’s Creed:

As you ramble on through life, brother,
whatever be your goal,
keep your eye upon the doughnut
and not upon the hole.

Cover, Mayflower Coffee Shop menu
Cover, Mayflower Coffee Shop menu

In other words, as Jocko Willink would likely say about Brexit: GOOD!

Jocko Willink
Jocko Willink from Amazon.com profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the aftermath of Brexit, the fearful will groan, moan, and pontificate.  The brave, smart, and energetic will find opportunity. May you and I be among the latter!

In the event you’d like to own Brexit and lots more, how about some good resources?

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Wisdom Day 25 June 2016: Deep, Broad Leadership

Like the horizons for breadth and the ocean for depth,
    the understanding of a good leader is broad and deep. (The Book of Proverbs, Chapter 25, Verse 3, The Message, BibleGateway.com)

As shared in several previous blog posts, I am a fool by nature. That does not mean I am stupid. My IQ when tested in high school was 160. It’s just that I have quite a track record of doing foolish things. So, since I have so much experience with foolishness, you can count on me to recognize the opposite–Wisdom, a quality to which I do aspire.

Jocko Willink
Jocko Willink from Amazon.com profile

Wisdom is what I have found in Jocko Willink via the Jocko Podcasts. The guy continues to amaze me, like in Jocko Podcast No. 27: Jocko Willink was never once late in his 20 year career as a U.S. Navy SEAL. From early in his work life, he really understood  the importance of punctuality. Jocko said in the podcast that not only was he never late, he always planned to be early, so early that even if he had an auto accident on the way he would have time to deal with it and still make it on time. To me that is understanding that is both deep and wide. No wonder he has become such an exceptional leader.

As for myself, I have been late so many times it shames me to tally the percentage. Let’s just say I have been far below the Jocko bar. One possible excuse is that growing up I heard speak several times of a guy in the community who “would be late for his own funeral.” That appealed to me. I guess I just set about life with that goal in mind and gave it no deeper thought. Now, even though it may seem a bit late in my game, I’m going to see if I can live up to the zero-defects Jocko standard of timeliness. “That being said,” as Jocko might say, I still wouldn’t mind showing up late to my own funeral. It would be so cool to sign that book and do my own eulogy: “Ladies and gentlemen, I stand before you, a man who has achieved his life’s goal. So now you can all go home. Funeral cancelled until further notice.”

Picture of young man in church
Photo by Karl Friedrickson from Unsplash

And here are some good sources of wisdom both broad and deep:

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Wisdom Day 22, June 2016: Duck & Cover

A prudent person sees trouble coming and ducks;
    a simpleton walks in blindly and is clobbered. (The Book of Proverbs, Chapter 22, Verse 3, The Message, BibleGateway.com)

Another Jockonian dichotomy of combat, whether military, domestic, or entrepreneurial: When to take cover and when to charge? Another Proverb suggests the answer:

You grab a mad dog by the ears
    when you butt into a quarrel that’s none of your business. (The Book of Proverbs, Chapter 26, Verse 17, The Message, BibleGateway.com)

Some fights on the battle fields of life, business, and home only detract from my immediate objective. May I avoid any dust ups that divert me from my primary mission today and every day. BTW Kelly Ryan Dolan’s audio recording of these chapters on BibleGateway.com is a real attention grabber.

For wisdom in knowing the main mission, here are some references that may help:

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Wisdom Day 13 June 2016: Love Discipline

If you love learning, you love the discipline that goes with it—
    how shortsighted to refuse correction! (The Book of Proverbs, Chapter 13, Verse 1, The Message, BibleGateway.com)

On JockoPodcast.com, Jocko Willink teaches:

Discipline equals Freedom

Jesus says:

If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John’s Good News, Chapter 8, Verses 31 & 32, The New International Version, BibleGateway.com)

My freedom is not free. May I DECIDE every day to be a disciplined disciple of SELF discipline! May I live with greater intensity! May I hold to good teaching! May I seek out correction, though it be no fun. May I learn from it all! Let’s get after it! If Jody Mitic can do it on two stumps, who am I to whine and give in?

Some great helps for learning to love discipline and getting after it:

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Wisdom Day 11 June 2016: Wise Counsel

Without good direction, people lose their way;
    the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.
(Proverbs 11: Verse 11, The Message, BibleGateway.com)

Since I am by nature a fool, I need lots of wise counsel. In some ways my IQ has been a stumbling block. Smart does not equal wise. Along with wisdom, I need inspiration as well as an occasional kick in the pants to actually put the wisdom into action. At JockoPodcast.com I get plenty of all three essential ingredients: wise counsel, inspiration, and the boot leather to the butt. Wishing you the same. Not always pleasant but can be quite productive.

Some sources of wise counsel:

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Wisdom Day 1 June 2016: About Face! v2.0

New month!

New opportunities! Hey, Jocko troopers, it’s the last month of the 2nd quarter 2016! Almost half way through the year! Hard to believe, for me at least. Let’s make it the BIG month! Let’s get some . . . WISDOM! As Jocko Podcast might advise, let’s remember Colonel Hackworth’s message and do an . . .

About face!

“Simpletons! How long will you wallow in ignorance?
    Cynics! How long will you feed your cynicism?
Idiots! How long will you refuse to learn?
    About face! I can revise your life.
Look, I’m ready to pour out my spirit on you;
    I’m ready to tell you all I know.
As it is, I’ve called, but you’ve turned a deaf ear;
    I’ve reached out to you, but you’ve ignored me. (Book of Proverbs, Chapter 1, The Message, BibleGateway.com)

OK! I’m listening. The take away?

Carelessness kills; complacency is murder.

Because you wouldn’t take my advice
    and brushed aside all my offers to train you,
Well, you’ve made your bed—now lie in it;
    you wanted your own way—now, how do you like it?
Don’t you see what happens, you simpletons, you idiots?
    Carelessness kills; complacency is murder.
First pay attention to me, and then relax.
    Now you can take it easy—you’re in good hands.” (Chapter 1, Verses 29-33, Book of Proverbs, The Message, BibleGateway.com)

Yes, Ma’am, Wisdom! You have my attention! Like Fort Benning Jump School cadre!

OK, maybe I did make my bed in hell. No fun. Would prefer new digs.

Will train seriously. I want to arrive at the end of June 2016 with greater wisdom.

Will revisit Extreme Ownership and keep up with The Book of  Proverbs in The Message.

Some wisdom references:

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Wisdom Day 21 May 2016: Listening

Chapter 21 of Proverbs had super high impact for me today. The Message translation and the delivery by Kelly Ryan Dolan really grab me every time. Wow! Lots of wisdom! Check it out. Would love to hear what you think. Here’s one stand-out passage:

Simpletons only learn the hard way,
    but the wise learn by listening. (The Message: Book of Proverbs Chapter 21, Verse 11,)

Listening to what? To wisdom! Not to muckrakers, duh! And there’s no lack of muck being raked this campaign season. It’s hard to avoid. The solution? Try Jocko Podcast and snag some wisdom. It’s free.

If you prefer learning the hard way, though, that works, too. Believe me, the school of hard knocks is a great teacher but not cheap, sort of a life-long student loan:

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
(Quatrain LI, The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám)

Loans may be paid back. Some foolishness, though, can never be undone. May we each one think, speak, prioritize and execute in humility and wisdom today. Blessings on you, Jocko bros and sis’.

BTW, I just discovered what seems to be an excellent edition of the Rubáiyát on Amazon. Worth checking out even if you already have another version. As to Proverbs, Chapter 21 from The Message is definitely worth a listen at Bible Gateway.

 

Wisdom Day 14 May 2016: A Good Leader

The mark of a good leader is loyal followers;
    leadership is nothing without a following. (The Book of Proverbs, Chapter 14, Verse 28, from The Message, BibleGateway.com)

Does Jocko Willink have a following? I wish I could see the numbers charted day by day. The growth rate must be exponential at this point. Why the big success? Jocko is not a pop singer; he is not an actor; he is not a professional athlete. As far as I can tell, he is none of the things our society normally runs after in a big hurry. So why the success?

My take is that Jocko manifests wisdom in virtually everything he says, writes, and does. He may have foolish moments, but if he does, his wisdom is to keep those private. What basis do I have for these opinions? I read Extreme Ownership, the book he and his colleague Leif Babin wrote. I listened to Tim Ferriss’  interview with Jocko and other interviews since then. I have listened to every production of the Jocko Podcast. I look forward to every new release. I follow Jocko on Twitter. Jocko always talks wisdom. Maybe folks are tired of foolishness. Jocko is a welcome change.

As I experience what Jocko has written and said publicly,  I keep thinking of the Book of Proverbs, the premier book of wisdom for me. So for all my Jocko bros and sis’s, I hope to share regular insights from the Book of Proverbs. This is the first installation.

There are 31 chapters in the Book of Proverbs. Thus, there’s always a chapter for each day of the month. Today’s chapter is 14. The Message translation is one that really reaches me. The audio recording by Kelly Ryan Dolan grabs my attention. It makes me think. I hope it will do the same for you. To get audio, click the speaker icon toward the upper right edge of the chapter when you get to the page on BibleGateway.com: The Book of Proverbs, Chapter 14, The Message. I found plenty of great nuggets of wisdom in this chapter. Please let me know what you think, pro or con, believer or non. I delight in the dialectic and in Jockonian Dichotomy.

For your own copy of The Message resources, here are some choices:

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