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The Greek myth of Sisyphus is a story about a man who was condemned by the Gods to push a boulder to the top of a tall mountain only to have it fall down again. Over and over he pushes the boulder to the top of the mountain, bound to continue his punishment. Only a man like Jocko Willink can turn a story about horrendous punishment for eternity and spin it into one hell of a motivational video.
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Jocko provides an interesting look at the tale of Sisyphus. Instead of looking at the eternal struggle of life in terms of win or lose, he focuses on the journey. He states that his goal isn’t to push the rock to the top of the mountain, it’s to simply push the rock. In Jiu-Jitsu people tend to set goals and once they achieve them they fail to set the next goal. You can look at this multiple ways, it can frustrate you that there is no ultimate goal. You can also approach the situation like there is always more to learn, and improvement never stops.
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Pushing a boulder to the top of a mountain only to have it fall back down is very emblematic of both life and Jiu-Jitsu. A person who conquers white belt reaches the top of that mountain. Getting their blue belt sets them at the bottom of a new mountain. This can cause people to walk away from Jiu-Jitsu. Tom DeBlass speaks about how blue belt is the toughest belt in a video from his YouTube channel.
Easily the best line of Jocko’s video is when he says “if I ever pushed the rock to the top of the mountain and it stayed there………I’d push it down myself.” This is the mindset great Jiu-Jitsu players have because they know their mission never truly ends, only a new one begins.