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In fairness to Divine, I just have a very different set of challenges that I face in my life and career and have a very different way to going about addressing those challenges. My needs and experience do not align well with Divine's approach. I have not found detailed plans to be very effective tools. This is not to say that they are not effective. They are just not effective for me. Divine's plan just isn't the right one for me. I'm not saying that my approach is right and his is wrong. They're just different.
1) There is literally nothing new here from a philosophy standpoint. Don't be fooled by the military sense of self importance or lingo. Everything here is very basic, and can be found in high school level classes. Anyone who has ever played on a sports team or listened to a motivational speaker already has ALL the tools this author brings to the table.
2) The self promotion of the author's other books, classes, and programs is exhausting. He just can't write a paragraph without name dropping another one of his revenue streams. It actually becomes comical (for the wrong reasons).
3) His section(s) on project management is borderline childish (specifically his examples of his early business failures). He is quick to knock business seminars as gimmicks and fads, and immediately covers the same ground (again, his book provides nothing new). I've been a professional engineer for about 15 years and counting, and I can promise you no amount of meditation, breathing, or will power can replace real world experience. Which ironically, he didn't have when he was struggling to get his feet on the ground after he left active duty.
4) I found his lifestyle completely unrelateable to mine. I don't have 2 hours a day for cross fit classes, 1 hour yoga lunchs, or weekends to "push my limits in the open ocean." I have a demanding career (not just a job), wife, and kids. There's rush hour traffic, housework, and more family events than I can get to. This by no means I'm not happy or satisfied as he suggests - the opposite actually. Being an adult, husband, uncle, and father is about putting their needs above my own. Having free / personal time to his proposed levels is obsurd. Hit the gym 3 hours a day??? What a joke.... I'm lucky if I can mow the lawn.
5) His default setting is always about speaking to physical fitness and toughness (sticking to my point of nothing being new - any article on marathon training covers these exact tools). Fine for a sports book. Terrible for the rest of us. 99.9% of us will never storm a beach, repel from a helicopter, or have the need to do 1,000 burpies. Those mind and skill sets just don't apply.
There are some positives that deserve to be acknowledged. I appreciated the quick and to the point writing style. Very little time is wasted between sections and chapters. He does have some good points about goal setting and having meaningful priorities. Not defining success as a dollar amount or job title did strike a positive cord.
Overall, I can't imagine why anybody my age (40) would or should read this. I could see there being an audience for this book in the high school or college grad crowd; somebody who is just about to start their adult life and has no life experiences to rely on. It's not their fault, they just don't have any yet. But for the rest of us, this book is a pass.
Most men are NOT taught the skills to navigate their emotions. When men start breaking emotionally they are toast. Devine shows you the step by step process on how to tame & control your emotions and keep you in the fight whether you are playing a sport, combat, or just dealing with life. The book teaches you how NOT to quit. You know what I'm talking about. You are in the middle of a run or some other difficult task in life, you are getting tired, you are telling yourself not to quit, and then your mind gives the negative emotional command, then you break, and you are done. Then the pain of regret sets in. Do you want to know how to conquer yourself. The Way of the SEAL will teach you. Divine could have easily changed the title of his book to, How to be a Man.
What separates this book from most self-help books is Devine has been there and done it multiple times as a Special Forces Operator and as a business man. Most self-help books are written by people who have done nothing but write and sell books. You know what I'm talking about. You're reading one of these Epic Books of Complete Nonsense and you are no better off before you started reading that book.
I also recommend joining up for Mark Devine's Unbeatable Mind Academy.
Commander Devine, Well Done and Thank You for the read ! I will be seeing you at one of your camps.