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Jocko Willink – Retired Navy SEAL, Author and Leadership Expert

As a long-time fan and avid listener of the Jocko Podcast, I‘ve greatly admired retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink for years. Here‘s a more in-depth look at this fascinating man‘s background, accomplishments, and impact as a leader.

Full Name John Gretton Willink
Age 52
Birthday September 8, 1971
Born United States
Height 5′ 11′′
Net Worth $3 Million
Social Media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube

John Gretton Willink is a retired Navy SEAL, bestselling author of Extreme Ownership, and host of the top-rated Jocko Podcast. He served 20 years in the SEAL teams, including as commander of the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War.

Jocko Willink Timeline

*1971 – Born in Torrance, California

*1991 – Joins the US Navy SEALs at age 20

*2004 – Deploys to Iraq as commander of SEAL Team 3 Task Unit Bruiser

*2006 – Leads Task Unit Bruiser during the Battle of Ramadi in Iraq

*2010 – Retires from 20 year Navy SEAL career

*2015 – Launches Jocko Podcast with Echo Charles

*2015 – Co-authors bestseller Extreme Ownership with Leif Babin

*2017 – Co-founds Echelon Front leadership consulting firm

Why I Admire Jocko Willink

There are so many reasons why Jocko has earned such widespread admiration and respect:

  1. He‘s an inspiring speaker – Jocko connects with audiences thanks to his direct, honest style.
  2. He‘s an experienced leader – His wisdom comes from 20 years leading SEAL missions.
  3. He‘s motivational – His message inspires people to take ownership and improve.

5 Fascinating Facts About Jocko

Here are some interesting bits of trivia that give insight into this American icon:

  1. Jocko was named after his grandfather, a World War II veteran.
  2. He has a degree in English from the University of San Diego.
  3. Jocko wakes up at 4:30am daily and chugs black coffee.
  4. He‘s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt who still trains regularly.
  5. Jocko was a instructor in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.

Jocko Willink has lived an extraordinary life of leadership and service. I consider him a personal role model, and believe the leadership principles he espouses can help anyone maximize their effectiveness.