Way of the Warrior Kid: From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way, written by Jocko Willink, is the newly published book that takes the ethos, and intent of his previous book, Extreme Ownership, and presents it for the younger reader. The book, at least the copy I got, was in fact in the kid’s/young reader section of the local chain bookstore.
For the fans of Extreme Ownership, and/or the Jocko Podcast, this book is likely well known, even before it was released. Additionally, it was foreseeable that adults who had embraced Willink’s work would have been welcoming to a kid’s version of the “Getting after it” method.
The book follows a fictional grade school aged boy who has problems at school and life he can’t seem to overcome, both physically, academically, and emotionally. His fortunes are swayed by a visit from his uncle, who is a Navy SEAL. After identifying physical strength, fear of water, school bullies, and weak areas of academics as problems, our school age kid is mentored by his SEAL uncle, tackling each issue head on, and laying a foundation for personal discipline, honorable actions, and integrity.
Like Willink’s other media, no quick fixes are being sold here. What is being encouraged is nothing short of anti-laziness. Yes, as I kid, I can clearly remember riding in the back of my parents vehicle, bored out of my mind, or at home skulking around with the classic “I’m bored.” I would have kicked a rabbit to have something like a tablet computer.
The book talks a great deal about warriors. Even within the military world, this label can get thrown around a bit too far, and its worth paying attention to. When one looks up this word, warrior comes back with some very generalizing terms. One can delve deep in academics to assign more discrimination to these various terms, but for the purposes of simplicity, we’re identifying an individual that exceeds basic membership in a group, with a more focused individual bent on improvement for success.
Warrior Kid certainly isn’t going to connect for some parents, and parental styles. For those household that are open to the information contained in this book, I can see how its military roots may have some thinking there is a rigid, overbearing tone, but the mainstay of aggression being presented here is internal, the mental and emotional toughness to want the effort which renders results.
Give the book a read, see if your kids might be interested in it, and explore the possibilities of what discipline can effect for the good in our lives.