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Do you have what it takes to succeed in any situation? According to a retired commander who ran training for Navy SEALs, true optimal performance goes beyond just skill. It’s all about The Attributes.

“Diviney’s incredible book explains why some people thrive - even when things get hard.” (Charles Duhigg, New York Times best-selling author of The Power of Habit

During his 20 years as a Navy officer and SEAL, Rich Diviney was intimately involved in a specialized SEAL selection process, which whittled a group of hundreds of extraordinary candidates down to a handful of the most elite performers. Diviney was often surprised by which candidates washed out and which succeeded. Some could have all the right skills and still fail, while others he might have initially dismissed would prove to be top performers. The seemingly objective criteria weren’t telling him what he most needed to know: Who would succeed in one of the world’s toughest military assignments? 

It is similarly hard to predict success in the real world. It happens often enough that underdog students accomplish exceptional achievements while highly skilled, motivated employees fail to meet expectations. Dark-horse companies pull away from the pack while dream teams flush with talent and capital go under. In working with and selecting top special operators for decades, Diviney saw that beneath obvious skills are hidden drivers of performance, surprising core attributes - including cunning, adaptability, courage, even narcissism - that determine how resilient or perseverant we are, how situationally aware and how conscientious. These attributes explain how we perform as individuals and as part of a team. The same methodology that Diviney used in the military can be applied by anyone in their personal and professional lives, and understanding these attributes can allow listeners and their teams to perform optimally, at any time, in any situation. 

Diviney defines the core attributes in fresh and practical ways and shares stories from the military, business, sports, relationships, and even parenting to show how understanding your own attributes and those of the people around you can create optimal performance in all areas of your life. 

©2021 Rich Diviney (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Grit meets Science

Excellent narration by the author. Stories are well told and relevant. Content is in depth but accessible and useful to anyone with an interest in understanding self and others. Diviney’s work with Andrew Huberman helps make this book more than just another book written by highly trained and accomplished SEAL. Thankfully absent are inspirational slogans / “just do it” messaging yet the message is both inspirational and motivational. This is my new gift-for-everyone book!

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Understand your skills

There is more than meets the eye when looking for people to perform at work. Learn the attributes and how to develop them to achieve optimal performance.

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A must read

Excellent! I wish I had this when I became a Registered Nurse in 1969. Referred it yo both of my adult daughters

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Go Out and Perform Optimally

Rich Diviney does a wonderful job explaining the 25 attributes and how they differ from skills. A must read!

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Great framework for analysing individuals and team

I think the analysis of underlying attributes or character traits is great. I need to interact with the material more in order to fully understand and implement into my life. I'm going to complete the trait assessments on the website and I might do better with a hardcopy of the text for visual reference.

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Much more than Vet leadership book

Rich uses his stories as a Navy seal, as a dad, as a husband, as a researcher, and as a human to connect with the reader. I was drawn into the book and forgot that I was actually developing myself while listening to his stories. This is a must read for anyone working in a team.