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The Way of SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,929 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Want to be tough? Cool under fire? Able to sense danger before it’s too late? In The Way of the SEAL, ex-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 ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 26th 2013 by Reader's Digest (first published January 1st 2013)
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May 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
The first warning sign that this book is going to suck is right in the title. You didn't miss it. It's what got 92% of men to read it. Include "The way of the SEAL" in any title and men will read it. Fighting like a SEAL? I'm in. Think like a SEAL. IN! Eat dinner like a SEAL? Hand me two big fucking forks, RIGHT. NOW. I'm a man. Make me think I can do anything like an elite warrior without having to spend my life training for it, and I'm happily in on the deception. But when you need to title th ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
First, I want to thank a dear friend for purchasing this book for me from Amazon Kindle. He is a leader and wishes to train and encourage others to be leaders. I am grateful that he sees in me the makings of a leader and was willing to invest in me. Thank you.

As a "leadership book" it is excellent. I found many of the techniques for focusing one's life mission and staying focused to be great. Many I am already doing. My only criticism is that it is a lot of stuff I do not do as a Christian----me
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Still reading this because it takes time. This is not a book to be read in one weekend or even one week. You need to take the time to carefully read each word and take notes and feel the reasoning as it seeps into your brain. The book is a study in how to get focused and create success, not a how-to 'be successful'... anyone can write a how-to be successful book. It takes craft and courage to write a book that demands action, the way this one does.
Ashley Barron
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent advice for restructuring perspectives that aren't working in your life. The title leads one to believe it might be more "warrior intensive"in style, but it actually a spiritual and thoughtful approach to better living.
Jess Kang
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I find it useful as it covers the training from physically to mentally to spiritually. I believe such rigorous training is the way to success.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This just wasn’t my thing. No matter how long I read, I couldn’t get behind it.
Dalton Harshfield
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was quite a big surprise, expecting to learn about the mental toughness required to spend 6 days and nights (Hell Week) deprived of sleep, in the rain pushing your body to the limits, the book was more about meditation, stoicism, visualisation, higher consciousness, breathing, acceptance... it referered to Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightingale, Charlie Munger.

I was very surprised.

What I found less interesting was how the author applied these techniques to win in business as the examples were
Juan Castro
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
Different approach to basic principles like zen mind and powerful focused visualization plus be physically fit and flexible (let's call it functional). Good advices and go-do guide. It's kind of weird the way the authors always refers to his training camp (sealift boot camp) as if his trying to sell it all the time, but despite of that is a good book. Plus you get the "earn your trident everyday" motto and seal honor code warrior ethos. Good buy.
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of very practical applications of leadership that incorporate physical, spiritual, emotional, and physical dimensions. For me, I really enjoyed learning about personal and organizational leadership using Navy Seals lingo and examples but I could see how for some that might be challenging.

All said and done I'm super impressed with Mark Divine. I think what he has managed to accomplish so far in his lifetime is outright amazing. I can't wait to read his other books.
Brent Phillips
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and plan to incorporate the techniques that Mark Divine explains, especially the techniques dealing with the mental side of things which I know is an area where I can improve. This is also a great read for anyone like myself who is fascinated with the Navy SEALs and their culture. Highly recommended!
Melissa Rozeski
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a new perspective for me and I have implemented the daily routines he outlines. It was just what I needed. The book can be a bit over-the-top with it's terminology and tone, but in general I think it mixes mindfulness and becoming truly physically fit well.
John B.
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read for professionals interested in leadership development. Divine touches on areas of a physical, emotional, institutional and spiritual nature. This isn't just a book for military personnel however, his applications can be used in any area of expertise. I highly recommend it.
Perry Bhamornsiri
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bought this book after reading Jesse Itzler's book, Living with a Seal.
Perfect compliment to really understand how Navy SEALs think and train (to some extent).

The philosophy can be applied to both life and business.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
It's totally my own fault that I found this as an okay read. I realized I just wanted to learn more about the Seals and Seal training. This didn't provide much insight into that. I'll try again soon. Luckily got this one on a great sale.
Paul Ducard
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I found many parts of Commander Divine's book inspiring and/or thought provoking. I'll have to reread parts of the book in the normal course to keep me sharp.
Matthew Berkshire
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business-books
It has a lot of zen meditation techniques and positive visualization. The terms and thinking are best designed for short to mid-term projects, but it was a pretty helpful read.
Feb 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
I've listened to Mark Divine on a few podcast and always enjoyed listening to him, but this book sucked. I honestly don't know why I bothered finishing it, but I did.
Chris Chambers
Perfect book for anyone considering taking control of their mind and life.
Vance Ostlund
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book Review
If you have been wanting a book that can help you find your purpose and become a better leader you have come to the right place. This is a book called The Way of the Seal that was written by Mark Divine. It is a great book read by many from the low-end of the spectrum to the high-end in the business world and outside of it. This book talks about a variety of things ranging from finding your purpose and your morals and where you stand to finding your drive and how to become the best
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-development
A few good principles, supported by average sub-points, and wrapped in a sales pitch for the author's other projects. Mainly a business book for people who have not read any other self-development / business books.

Principle 1 - Establish your set point - Decide what is important and be willing to make a stand for it
Principle 2 - Develop front-sight focus - Calm your mind, visualize your goal, clearly define the mission, and simply, simply, simplify
Principle 3 - Bullletproof your mission - Use th
Stephen Wisler
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
At first I wasn't really sure if I would be interested in this book. But when I got through the first principle I was hooked! The way the author teaches the reader how to be mentally tough and how to continue to work on that mental toughness is extraordinary. He has so many experiences he talks about where he struggles and learns from his mistakes. Mark Divine is trying to teach the reader these principles to help them through their struggles in life and find their "20x factor". To never give up ...more
Elena Ose
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military
By now I have become a complete Navy SEAL fan, one can say, I am almost biased to express an objective opinion. However, this fact doesn’t make it less true of the value this book brings.
Practical approaches through a set of principles is very well laid out, explained and backed up by legitimate examples.
There are few instances where I question certain statements, but i can honestly say this book gives the opportunity to everyone who welcomes the military way of living the daily life, without
Amy Morris
It was okay. Basic ideas, just couched in military/seal terms that I think just mainly appeal to a mostly male/macho audience. I picked it up because I thought it would have some good tips on cultivating self discipline. It sort of did that, but certainly not really in depth. A couple of stories, and then on to the next principle, so there's a full list that can be trademarked and sold. Meh.

Develop a purpose, set goals, challenge yourself, practice self discipline, and then some woo-woo mediati
Arizona Spartan
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love everything Mark Divine has produced including his podcasts and interviews done on podcasts. This book was great for a civilian like me to understand how to accomplish so much more in my life. It will take the reader some deep diving and applying the actions into their own life's "missions". I read the book twice before deciding I was finished. The second read through I took detailed notes and then used a personal goal - running a Spartan Race to work through the actions and ideas in the b ...more
Renyi Tan
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The mystique and anonymity of the SEAL community have always been elusive. Being a member of the military service, I wanted to uncover their mysteries.

The greatest takeaways from this book were front-sight focus and impulse control. Two traits which I wished I understood better when I was in the military. I must admit, I picked up the book with the expectation of having greater insights into the SEAL training. However, Divine's central focus of the book was to share the mental preparations and
David Church
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
To be completely transparent, I bailed on this book. I have read numerous books by and about Navy SEALs so I have some idea of the principles I expected to get; instead, what greeted me was a series of lessons in Zen. I’m not saying this is bad, but it is not what I was looking for. Plenty of SEALs made it through training without using Zen principles and techniques. I’m sure many people have and will profit from this book, but it might be better titled “The Way of the Zen SEAL.” If you are look ...more
James Brantley
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
The Way of The Seal talks about how to build your mind to become successful.The author talks about exercises that Navy SEALS use in order to train their mind and complete their missions. I gave this book a 3/5 rating because though it gives great details on how to train the mind and even tells how you could use them in reality, the tone of the author doesn't speak to me like it should.Its more like he is lecturing me rather then informing me. I feel that he wrote this to help others develop ment ...more
Stuart Brann
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Way of the Seal is a book that is written to help people gain skills that will be helpful in all aspects of life. It is a self-help book that is designed to help the reader acquire skills like meditation, visualization, and positive thinking. Overall the book is awesome. The book is not necessarily going to be a fun read. It takes a person who is motivated to try new things and want a change in life. The strength of this book is that it is saturated with good information and is laid out with ...more
Tolmantas Dagys
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a bit different than other success and leadership books. It's full of practical meditation exercises to clean mind from trash thoughts and keep positive attitude. Author encourages reader to embrace mental, emotional, intuitional and spiritual states. I haven't find that much practical tips in any other self-improvement books. Keep in mind this book is written by a professional warrior, whose decision making can cost his and his teammates life - that gives extra value for our decisi ...more
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MARK DIVINE is a former Navy SEAL and has trained thousands of aspiring Navy SEALs. He owns and runs the SEALFIT Training Center in San Diego, California where he trains thousands of professional athletes, military professionals, SWAT, First Responders, SOF candidates and everyday people looking to build strength and character.

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