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The Way of the SEAL

Think like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed: Updated and Expanded Edition
Narrated by: Mark Divine
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
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Blending the tactics he learned from America's elite force with lessons from the Spartans, samurai, Apache scouts, and other great warrior traditions, Mark 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, at home, and at life. 

Want to be tough? Cool under fire? Able to sense danger before it's too late? In The Way of the SEAL: Updated and Expanded Edition, retired Navy SEAL 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. 

In this updated and expanded edition, timely new chapters apply the principles to leading in an ever-accelerating world and leading in teams. Plus, new key takeaways distill the principles in the book into easier-to-use chunks.

©2018 Mark Divine (P)2018 Tantor

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  • W*BvK
  • Sydney Australia
  • 01-12-2019

Recommened, Breath and Take Control.

In the genre of Extreme Ownership By Jocko Willink, Leif Babin & Make Your Bed by Admiral McRaven and Sea Stories. Mark Devine has expanded upon the Seal ethos and training technics.

I first imagined a team sitting in a circle in the lotus position and practising deep breathing prior to going in.

The Way of the Seal is more than that and I have started practising Mark's technics. Surprise, they work.

BUT, the most important lesson that I picked up was what "Hell" week is all about. An Officer has to operate effectively under extreme pressure and how they respond during intense situations is critical to the success of the mission. Mark spoke of being put under extreme stress and pressure by the training officer. Mark instead of breaking and failing drew in his inner self and made light of the situation and passed.

Both Admiral McRaven Jocko Willink, Leif Babin and Mark spoke of the freezing water experience where they all broke out in song. None discuss the real reason for this training. But Mark opens it up that this is designed to bring out the inner strength of the men ( evoked in all cases in a song).

I work under extreme pressure and stress. and where I would have exhibited venting. I now breathe and visualise a rose. I then state the mantra of an officer and respond in a calm thoughtful manner
This makes Way of The Seal a must-read book.

Please read and read the other books mentioned, become what you can be........

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Great book

I really enjoyed this s book, Mark shared some great ideas in an easy, common sense, step by step approach. The author/narrators voice is encouraging and easy to listen to. looking forward to his next book.

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Leadership and mindset

loved it and will need to listen again because some of the strategies I will need a lot of practice especially box breathing

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Mark 'Cyborg' Divine

Truly a wonderful book.
If your looking for a book that not only gives you great material but exercises to follow along, this is it.

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  • Roger Dixon
  • 17-11-2018

Good listen.

Good content. A little too much product promotion for me. I will use some of these tactics.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-2019

Excellent

While many of the principles herein are available in various places - Mark’s way of placing them in a realistic way for achievement was excellent.

I look forward to utilizing the training of this book to push beyond my current goals.

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  • Postcaptain
  • 03-12-2018

Difinitive edition for me

I already own the previus editions of this book. What made me buy this one is that its read by the author himself. Even if the book turned out completly the same as the last version it would be still worth having just to hear Mark narrating his personal experience and thoughts. Luckily there is new content added as well so win win.

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  • Van der Computer
  • 15-08-2018

Great book, and performance by author

Better than the online content in my opinion. Great compliment to the other seal books like extreme ownership, and raising men. Pace at 1.15 was perfect for me and kept me engaged and interested.

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  • Martin Russell
  • 05-12-2019

Too Much Info to Retain

The book really needed to come with a PDF file with all the lists and tools, I'm returning the Audible and purchasing the softcover.

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  • Baumerx20
  • 15-10-2019

Good content with lots of self promotion

The book is good, however much of the content borrows from others and rebrands with the word seal. I really like the meditation and exercises, however didnt like how the author seems to bolster his brand using people and examples of how his practice worked for them. In my experience, I prefer to be introduced to ideas and let me decide if they work. The paper book is better, and Mark might consider redoing the audio books similar to Gogins, almost like a podcast. Mark's pod cast is awesome. The follow on book to this is much more concise with content and the messages are better executed. Overall I really like the actual messages in place of the examples. For some reason I always hear good will hunting, "Mark has the same problem as Chad the stockbroker"..

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  • Berg Moe
  • 27-06-2019

Life changing potential

I have now been listening to this great book twice in a row and have bought a printed version as well.
This is thoroughly a book that inspire to change and is packed up with exercises that change your life profoundly.
I am now going to implementing and already are using box breathing and meditation with great success.

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  • Jason Pelletier
  • 19-06-2019

Game Changer!

After listening to Mark Divine’s philosophy I was immediately drawn to his story and convictions. His book outlines his own personal experiences (failures & triumphs), and will help you cultivate a way of life that leads towards excellence and rewarding challenge.

I purchased some of his other books after reading The Way of the SEAL and have loved them. I am looking forward to one day grinding through his Kokoro camp!

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  • Esmeraldo
  • 18-06-2019

Great Resource to become Elite

Some said that running a business or taking some kind of challenge is 80% mindset and 20% skillset. The skills can be learned but what can make you stay longer and face those challenges is what's inside our minds. I'm applying slowly some of the rituals I've learned here like waking up early, box breathing, visualizing, etc to develop mental toughness. It will be a slow, painful but rewarding process. I am replaying this book since there are more nuggets in here. Thank you Mark for sharing your stories, experiences & lessons learned. Now we can all have a shot to become Elite like the SEALS in our own world and way.

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  • ryan
  • 03-04-2019

Great book. Simple and effective ideas.

I don’t usually write reviews but this book needs recognition. The audiobook is good because Mark reads it himself, I also have the paperback so I can get it into my head better.

The exercises are easy enough for anyone to do but effective and progressive in design. He also has some documents for download related to the book material including a journal.

I’ve read a ton of personal development books that I felt were a waste of time. This one has the power to change your mindset quickly and permanently. Still working with the practices and excited to see even more results.

I always feel like there is only one book you will ever need, most people say “the Bible” so now I say two books. The WOS should be one of those books. Thanks, Mark!

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  • Phineas Bowling
  • 01-04-2019

True Warrior

Amazing book, great take away points and lessons you can truly apply to your own life. What an inspiring writer - if everyone had the same determination as him, the world would be a very different place!

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  • David
  • 05-12-2018

Way of the Seal

Having read the book when it was originally published, the tools it provides are insightful and very useful, a must if your serious about life long development, coupled with the e-course a powerful tool, you got to give the guy credit, he has style - one of the best I have ever read.

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