The Code by Jocko; Book Review

With the Learning Under Jesus series finished, I thought about doing book reviews. Nothing formal, just to share why I liked a book and to give you something to read.

I read a lot, so to qualify, the book has to be one I have read more than once, took lots of notes, and heavily highlighted. 

The first review will be on a new book by retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink and David Berke. 

The Code. The Evaluation. the Protocols: Striving to Become an Eminently Qualified Human

“How can you best strive to become an Eminently Qualified Human? How will you hold yourself to the highest possible standard in life? How do you become a better father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, public servant, role model, and leader? The answer: through Unmitigated Daily Discipline in all things.

But The Path is difficult, even impossible, if you do not understand what standards to aspire to or how to hold yourself accountable during the journey. With The Code. The Evaluation. The Protocols. retired Navy SEAL and New York Times best-selling author, Jocko Willink, provides readers with the essential handbook for grading performance across all of life’s responsibilities, including health, physical fitness, personal conduct, professional conduct, character, leadership, relationships, finance, and emergency preparedness.

  • CLEAR STRATEGIES to prepare you for your own personal journey toward becoming an Eminently Qualified Human
  • STRAIGHT-FORWARD TACTICS to prepare your body, mind, and attitude for whatever life throws at you—whether it’s a desire for self-optimization or a need to deal with personal loss, financial hardship, or unexpected tragedies and disasters
  • POWERFUL TOOLS to create honest self-evaluation across every behavior, every action, and every personal goal, both for the short term and the long term
  • UNIVERSAL SOLUTIONS that can be applied to anyone, regardless of age, health, status, or gender

This is not about self-help life hacks. This is a book about standards. Standards you set for yourself. Standards you knowingly may never achieve but strive to reach regardless. The reality is, it’s impossible to measure up to the highest standards in life. No one can truly become an Eminently Qualified Human, but should you be satisfied with just “getting by?” Should underachieving be an option in life? If you fall short of your goals today, should you give up on them tomorrow? No. You should grab ahold of The Code. The Evaluation. The Protocols and get on The Path of Unmitigated Daily Discipline in all things.”

I’m an introspective Type 5 who is all about becoming competent. This book was written for me. It only took an hour to read. 

Jocko has a writing style that just pumps you up. Like this quote:

“The Path is how you become what you want to be, who you want to be, and what the world needs you to be. It is how you reach your potential. It is The Path of Discipline that leads to Freedom. The Path is: A war against weakness, so it leads to strength. A war against ignorance, so it leads to knowledge. A war against confusion, so it leads to understanding. The Path is your LIFE. And so, The Path is different for everyone. It is your goals, your dreams, what you want to become.”

I want to bench press a truck and take over the world now. hoffmanstankostanczyk-carlifting

What is an Eminently Qualified Human? 


“An Eminently Qualified Human is a person who has achieved mastery in every facet of life. This person has reached their full potential in every measurable way. This person lives The Code. But in order for us to live The Code, we need to clearly define its parts so that we can evaluate our progress every day. We need an evaluation system to grade ourselves as we attempt to follow The Code. And it should be hard. The bar must be set high. It should be near impossible. But just in striving, we will become better. And, we must implement discipline. We must aim to implement UNMITIGATED DAILY DISCIPLINE IN ALL THINGS. IT IS THE ONLY WAY.”

The book has a link to a Google Sheet document where you can rate yourself, The Code Evaluation Form. It measures from a score of 1-5. So the average human is 2.5.

Has it made a difference? 

Yes. I haven’t trained in self-defense in about five years. Mentally, I would refresh my memory occasionally. Now I’m working on my Wing Chun again along with rereading my old personal protection books. 

The evaluation hits every facet of life. Health. Personal Development. Professional Development. Character/Leadership. Relationship. Preparedness, Safety. 

I like to average them all out for a monthly score. In April, I scored 1.71. My weakest area was Preparedness and Safety. The strongest was Personal Development. 

By May, my average was 1.87. My weakest area hadn’t changed, but the score was rising. My strongest area changed to Relationships. 

It’s a good book if you want to get unstuck and live a rich, balanced life. Only 56 pages and 6.99 on Amazon. My simple Goodreads review was, “This is the Way.” 


As Jocko likes to say, “Get Some.”

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