[November 23, 2021] Retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink is the author behind the best-selling Warrior Kid book series.1 I just bought his fourth and latest in the series. Do we need another series of self-help books about “kids?” Given the destruction by well-meaning but misguided politicians in their safe-at-all-costs policies, I think Jocko has hit a home run with his books.
The destructive pandemic policies have not been very effective. Many in the medical and mental health professions say that the lockdowns and restrictions on open society have harmed kids the most. Everything that makes us stronger was halted or conducted virtually; sports, gyms, schools, walking outside, playing, etc. If it involved others, there was a law against it.
These books by Jocko are a coming-of-age series that help kids get smarter, stronger, healthier, and better. Each book follows several fictional kids through their lives, beginning in the fifth grade. Marc is the central character. He stinks at math and can’t even do one pull-up in gym class, and he’s afraid to go swimming because he’s terrified of the water. Fortunately, Marc’s Navy SEAL, Uncle Jake, is there to help Marc out.
A host of other characters fill out what a typical kid might experience. There’s the bully “King of the Jungle Gym” Kenny Williamson, Jiu-Jitsu Coach Adam, super-smart kid Danny Rhinehart, and others round out the picture. Looks interesting, and I’m enjoying his fourth book.
Want to be a Warrior Kid? asks Jocko. Here is the Warrior Kid Code:
- Wakes up early in the morning.
- Studies to learn and gain knowledge and asks questions if he doesn’t understand.
- Trains hard, exercises, and eats right to be strong and fast and healthy.
- Trains to know how to fight so he can stand up to bullies to protect the weak.
- Treats people with respect and helps out other people whenever possible.
- Keeps things neat and is always prepared and ready for action.
- Works hard and always does his best.
- Stays humble.
Go out and get a copy and read it.2 The books are for kids, but they are also for adults too. You will learn something that applies to everything you do as a great leader.
- Don’t forget to look into my official Reading List that can be found here: https://www.theleadermaker.com/reading-list/
Please read my new book, “Our Longest Year in Iraq,” at Amazon (link here).