The Stockdale Paradox and Jocko Willink

Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL Commander.

With a legendary reputation in the special operations world, I found his insight on the key mindset he adopted in difficult situations to be both valuable and familiar.

If you know me you know I’m a fan of the Stockdale Paradox.

It’s the perfect blend of being positive and realistic.

To summarize:

  1. You must maintain unwavering faith that you can and will prevail in the end-regardless of difficulties.
  2. Have the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality.

In Jocko Willinks speech “Good” on his podcast, he dives further into how he embodies this.

By not ignoring the hard truth.

By not adopting a “positive attitude” and thinking that alone will solve the problems.

Instead, accept reality but focus on finding the simple solution.


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