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Mark Divine

Cultivate mental toughness and high performance like a Navy SEAL

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What is The Way of the SEAL about?

The Way of the SEAL draws upon the experience of Navy SEALs to outline the principles that enable them to cultivate mental toughness and excel. It offers the mental exercises necessary to deal with any challenge on the path towards achieving your goals.

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    In order to make your life meaningful, you need to define your purpose.

    Each individual is unique, but it isn’t our color, shape or language that differentiates us: it’s our soul – our sense of who we are.

    Inside our souls, there are fixed points unique to us, and it’s these points that give our lives meaning. When we’re unsure of what to do, for instance, what job to pursue, they act like our GPS, guiding the way for us.

    So how can we find these unique, fixed points?

    The first thing you must do is make a stand, deciding which things you absolutely cannot compromise on.

    For example, the author’s stand is: “I will find peace and happiness through seeking truth, wisdom, and love, and not by chasing thrills, wealth, titles or fame.”

    Knowing which values cannot be compromised helps him to shape his life in a way that is meaningful to him.

    For example, if he were offered a job with a great title and a huge paycheck at the expense of sincerity, then he wouldn’t accept it because that would mean compromising his values.

    Second, you must know your purpose.

    Your purpose answers the question: What do I really want with my life? Knowing your purpose enables you to determine steps necessary to achieve it and overcome any hurdles along the way.

    However, if you don’t follow your purpose, it will be difficult to achieve anything.

    For example, on his first day of SEAL training, the author was able to enjoy the beauty of the day despite the extreme challenge of his training. His buddy, however, didn’t share his positive outlook, struggled with the challenge, and ultimately quit.

    The author asked him afterwards what had happened, and his friend confessed that he didn’t even want to be a SEAL. His dream had always been to be a veterinarian.

    So why was the author successful with this challenge but his friend wasn’t? Quite simply, because the author had identified his purpose and his friend hadn’t.

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    About the Author

    Mark Divine began his professional career as a public accountant, later completing his Navy SEAL training and retiring with the rank of commander in 2011. In addition, he has started a number of entrepreneurial ventures, such as SEALFIT and

    Who should read The Way of the SEAL?

    • Students of business strategy and tactics
    • Anyone who wants to take control of their own life

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