Jocko Podcast 9: Gen. George S. Patton, 'War as I Knew It'

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    • Be on the offensive
    • Be aware of the disease of victory
    • Sometimes you need to be humbled
    • “School yourself to savagery”
    • Make up your mind on the strategic level and stick to it; on a tactical level, be adaptable in approach
    • Patton’s number one character trait was discipline
    • No sane man is unafraid
    • Self-respect comes from discipline; it is born from it and of it
    • The root of all good qualities is discipline
    • “The courageous man is the one who forces himself in spite of his fear to carry on”
    • Do not overthink and hesitate in the moment of action
    • Always look for the high ground
    • “Take the high ground or the high ground will take you”
    • “The best is the enemy of the good”
    • You can never be perfect - but you can be great
    • There is an element of showmanship in leadership
    • Keep yourself in check
    • Always assume responsibility and be humble
    • Follow up verbal communication with the written communication
    • Keep things concise
    • Never tell how to do something - tell what to do, and let one figure out how
    • Discipline must be an ingrained habit
    • The more you hold the line, the stronger the line becomes
    • Discipline enforces discipline
    • Fatigue is temporary
    • Saying no makes it easier to say no
    • Do not tolerate negligence
    • Assert the way by example
    • The battle cannot be won without discipline
    • Frontal attacks should be avoided at all costs
    • Bring as many resources and assets as you can bring to bear on your objectives/aims
    • “It is easier to hold what you have than to retake what you have lost”
    • Never use the word never
    • “To halt under fire is folly”
    • Be the first man in and the last man out
    • Praise is more valuable than blame
    • Plan - and then execute the plan
    • Plans are meant to be built upon
    • Stay informed
    • “High physical condition is vital to victory”
    • “Do not take counsel of your fears”
    • Fears do not get a vote
    • If you have a chance to avoid a fight, run away
    • To lead up the chain of command, build trust and confidence
    • Getting better is how you will win
    • The best evolve
    • Do not let your ego fight the egos of others
    • “Jack the big steel”
    • Excuses are a lack of discipline
    • Do what you do because this is you
    • No one is superhuman
    • Somewhere your opponents are preparing
    • Every breath we take is a sacred gift: every day, thought, sunrise and smile
    • Do not let the gift of life go to waste
    • Live in their memory, and in their honour
    • Get after it
     

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