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In The Way of the SEAL, ex-Navy commander Mark Divine reveals exercises, meditations, and focusing techniques to train your mind for mental toughness, emotional resilience, and uncanny intuition. Along the way you'll reaffirm your ultimate purpose, define your most important goals, and take concrete steps to make them happen. A practical guide for businesspeople or anyone who wants to be an elite operator in life, this book will teach you how to: Lead from the front, so that others will want to work for you; Practice front-sight focus, the radical ability to focus on one thing until victory is achieved; Think offense, all the time, to eradicate fear and indecisiveness; Smash the box and be an unconventional thinker so you're never thrown off-guard by chaotic conditions; Access your intuition so you can make "hard right" decisions; Achieve twenty times more than you think you can - and much more.

Blending the tactics he learned from America's elite forces with lessons from the Spartans, samurai, Apache scouts, and other great warrior traditions, Divine has distilled the fundamentals of success into eight powerful principles that will transform you into the leader you always knew you could be. Learn to think like a SEAL, and take charge of your destiny at work, home and in life.

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An absolute must read

This book is a must read for anyone who is serious about taking his or her own personal development to the next levels. In my own opinion, the author outlines and describes very practical and world-class methodologies to take control of your mind and drive yourself to peak performance. The book delivers the outline of a complete life mastery system.
Be conscious that reading this book will not directly solve your puzzle, but if you follow the instructions and do the work, I feel that the proscribed action steps will help you breakthough and acheive the majority of what you want to accomplish in life.
What you will find in this book is literally worth thousands of dollars. Notwithatanding the value of unleashing your own power, the USN have spent billions training elite performers like Cmdr Divine and you are able to access the cliff notes of that investment - basically for free.
I am a big fan of Robbins, Dyer and Rohm. The content is easily on-par with these other incredible peak performance coaches. See also Capt Marcincko's non-fiction works to further understand the genesis and evolution of the Seal Mindset.
Thou shalt not fail! Buy this today and clear the deck to take your performance from average to elite!

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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How to think and live like a Modern Samurai.

Most people think the Samurai were just warriors, but they prided themselves on being well educated and thoughtful. CDR. Divine does an exceptional job at presenting a modern version of striving to be not just "above average" but to be elite and committed to self-mastery.

And this isn't just for men. I have instilled these same ideas in my daughters as well as my employees, both men and women.

A commitment to excellence is NOT gender specific.

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Not a stand-alone book.m

While covering some interesting concepts, this is not one which I recommend as an audiobook. The exercises should be read and practiced. Furthermore, this book is really part of a set. In order to benefit, you would also have to read (not merely listen to) "Unbeatable Mind" and Mark's Sealfit book.

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Living your life optimally

One of the best sources of self mastery and life enhancing skills I have seen.

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Im so glad I got this book because I almost didnt

If I can ever get my hands around the throats of the fools who have poor ratings to this book...

I almost missed this one because i read a couple reviews that said it wasn't what they expected.. Blah blah blah.

This is a book that literally has the potential to change your life in a huge way. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar or has an ulterior motive!!

I will draw so much from this!!

19 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Embrace the suck!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Way of the SEAL to be better than the print version?

The audio edition is easy to listen and the narrator is doing a great job, but it is hard if you actually want to do the exercises. The pdf that comes along is just not very complete, so in the end one has to constantly bookmark the important sections or re-listen to it.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

There are several great concepts described in the book that make it very valuable. For example the concept of "Embrace the suck!" You just don't get the same personal growth by going always the easy way. You have to challenge yourself and that is going to be hard, but ultimately very rewarding.

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Good System for Self Improvement

Having been in the U.S. Navy, I can relate to Mark Devine's Way of the SEAL (WOS) philosophy. He gives readers a viable system for improving one's physical, emotional and mental strength, utilizing the terminology used in the Navy. I recommend listening to the audiobook while on long solitary jogs and following his system of self-improvement through self-reflection. With dedication, one will definitely see positive gains. The best parts of his WOS system are the sections on meditation and creative visualization, two essential components to accomplishing one's goals. The fact that Devine covers these areas extensively and returns to them again, reassures me that he knows what he's talking about. This book doesn't seem like a trendy self-help book, but a practical philosophy associated with a system that actually works. If you're skeptical, just look at the successes of the US Navy SEALS. Get the book and the audiobook. Study it and watch yourself improve. You won't regret it.

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Hard to apply when driving

This is a good book, but not what I was expecting. I was hoping for life lessons from the Seal experience. While the principles presented are likely solid, I find them hard to follow and apply in audio book (ie, behind the wheel). There are a lot of acronyms and routines that, for me, were hard to follow while driving. I was hoping for more stories with applied lessons. But that's just my experience and way of learning.

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This is a manual, not a one-time read

The ideas presented in this book are good, no doubt many people already know some of the concepts. However, do not expect to gain the full benefits of this book from a one-time read. It is more of a guidebook and the exercises are important in order to make sense of it.

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Not like any other.

This is not like any other "self help" book. Get ready to truly imptove your self from the inside out. Even in ways you've never even thought of.

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  • EndureHealthyLifestyle
  • 01-03-16

A practical and systematic guide

Brilliant guide to setting and executing goals. I found the pdf supplement very useful on daily,monthly and annual reviews. Also excellent guide on mindset adjustment

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  • Chris
  • 08-12-15

Life changing

The only issue with this book is that the author isn't next to you, however, he may as well be! Truly inspiring stories of failure and success and the right attitude for both

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  • Jose Cardenas
  • 07-27-15

Excellent discipline focus book

Take a look in the description. It's not another advice or motivational book. It's a "do it" boook!

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  • Rob
  • 02-19-15

Can't find the pdf material though

Excellent book, author seems like a bit of a legend to me. Can't find the pdf material though on my iPhone.

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  • RMK
  • 08-10-17

Get the book not the audible

I listened to this audio book driving to work and you really need the book to reference to as there are exercises at the end of each chapter and having the book would be easier.
Also generally not as impressed with the content as I expected. If you're generally into self improvement and business, then there's a lot in here you'll probably already know.

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  • Rupert jones
  • 07-04-17

Excellent book.

Read a few self help books and business books, this seems a bit more than that . Excellent methods to train mentally.

Good book

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  • Mr D A Kent
  • 04-27-17

Keeps you focused

Perfect for playing in the car on journeys to keep you focused on the important areas of life and to remember what isn't important . Well narrated too.

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  • Will
  • 03-15-17

Interesting but...

If you are going to read it buy the book not the audio book as it's a book you have to work through, not just read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-17

WOS💣💣💣

enjoy the mission . now you are equiped with the principles and #ABC steps of Navy Seals in business venture or in your chaotic life.

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  • Stevesharkey
  • 10-21-16

A new approach

There is a lot of good material in this. Presented in an informative and thought provoking manner. Good stories to re-enforce the messages and techniques. Good listening.

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  • Sam
  • 11-02-16

Holistic Training

I've done years of Personal Develop training. This is the best and most holistic I've seen yet

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  • Michael Hilton
  • 12-01-17

Awakening

I only wish I had found this earlier. Thank you Mark for giving me a direction to follow

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-17

Need to replay

There's a lot to take in. Great book and worth the listen/ read. Will be listening to it again.