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Unbeatable Mind: Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,992 ratings  ·  113 reviews
With over 100 Five-Star Reviews, Unbeatable Mind (2nd Edition) has deeply impacted the lives of thousands of people seeking strength in their thinking, mental-state, and self-development with a curated package of tools and techniques not easily found anywhere else.

In this revised and updated version of Unbeatable Mind (3rd Edition), Mark Divine offers his philosophy and
Kindle Edition, Third Edition, 250 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Mark Divine (first published December 17th 2012)
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Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit of a turnoff with trope like the "Law of Attraction" (from The Secret) and "you only use 10% of your brain", but there are some gems to be gleaned. Much of it felt like an ad for his SEALFit fitness program. The Kindle version was badly edited, many of the images just had big red "X" instead of the image itself, etc.

There are better "Mind Training" books on the market, but he has an interesting story and is an great veteran.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The major drawback of this book which is heavily criticized in other reviews amounts to a total lack of professional editing. One doesn't expect a warrior to be particularly elegant in expressing his thoughts, but one does expect a published book to present a coherent text without an abundance of typos.

This lack of editing, I think, is what prevents many people from benefiting from these ideas, which are not - and the author never pretends they are - his original ones. He has integrated ideas fr
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, skimmed-it
Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't help but see this book as anything other than a hook to try to get naive and unsuspecting readers to just buy more of the author's books, attend his seminars, etc. When reading stuff like this, I sometimes visualize what the author must be thinking as we sheep purchase the books, hoping it will turn us into navy SEAL warriors (or something on par with) just by forking over loads of money. The vision is just tantalizingly out of reach--just train your mind just ...more
Christopher Brennan
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I have followed Mark Divine's Programing in the past and find his work to be exciting and informative. In this book he crystallizes many complex topics in a way that may seem superficial to someone unfamiliar with the concepts but with a purity that evokes the concise language of Epictetus or Musashi. ...more
Costantine Plassaras
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This guy is rocking! Ex-navy seals and now Navy Seals instructor/trainer! When you begin reading the book, you think: "Ok that macho guy will only mention superfit recommendations and have that macho(stupid) attitude." NOT AT ALL. The guy is wise enough folks (meditation, karate, yoga, spiritual advices, mental toughness = supercool advices for anyone who wants to be resilient) ...more
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some good ideas in this book, but nothing new. Its a little short on practical info. I suspect this is just to wet your appetite for the authors online course
Brian Johnson
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It is a really cool and informative book.

“The “big idea” of this book is that you are capable of so much more than you think you are, but you have been kept in the dark about this potential your entire life. I call this potential your 20X Factor, in that you are capable of at least twenty times what your current paradigm allows you to believe. It is not as though your family or our culture purposely kept you in the dark about this important fact. No, they were ignorant about it as well and can’t
Ryan Rodriquez
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The mental fortitude, emotional resiliency, and physical prowess of our Navy SEALs are incredible traits to aspire to! Mark Divine, retired Navy SEAL, lays out his path toward becoming an individual with an unbeatable mind. Every element that I listed above plays a role.

If I'd read this book in my adolescence, I would've been SO much ahead of the game. Throughout my life I've had to piece it all together from books and life experiences here and there. Mark Divine has gathered it all and presente
Helfren Filex
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
Taking mental toughness to highest level with former SEAL members.
Anthony Masaryk
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a self-help junkie thoroughly in mid-life, I was in need of something to get my life back to exploring the limits of my capabilities. This book contains a potential X-factor to do just that. For a young person, 16 or above, it may contain much information that the reader would not already be familiar with. Regardless of age, it is only too easy to read a book of great advice and not do anything with it, or do very little. So I must confess, seeing that I was probably heading down that path, I ...more
Rik Scarborough
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for starting good mental attitudes

Pulled a lot of good things out of the first read, and marked up a lot for future study. I am pleased that I found that the author's teaching complements my study of Christian views and Aikido philosophy.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help

I had a hard time getting through this. Put it down, pick it up...over and over. The reader in me wanted to finish because I paid for it and I kept waiting for that magic "ah ha!" moment where I would discover all of this disipline I am desperately seeking. This is more about 'disipline of your mind'. No matter, I thought. I will keep going and maybe I will learn something.

I did find a few gems in there that I personally found helpful. About 1/2 way into the book Mark talks about:

May 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I finished reading this I dropped it in my trashcan before realizing what I was doing. Thankfully, there wasn't anything sticky or wet in there when I picked it back out.

This book was the worst organized book I have ever read or attempted to read. The page 140, where he doesn't quite fully explain SMARTP-FITS as an acronym, was the most telling example of his terrible writing.

The aspect that really sunk the whole experience for me was when he would include new age nonsense ideas into how
Ron Madamba
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is just absolutely incredible! Mark develops his superior leadership skills as a Navy Seal to shape him into a warrior through developing mental toughness, resiliency, and focused concentration to create the states of consciousness that he desires. Through meditation, visualization, martial arts, self-talk, and by developing a warrior spirit, Mark creates the conditions for his life and teaches you how to develop the same mental fortitude. I would highly recommend this book to those wh ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is so much relevant and helpful information in this book.
While it may appeal to athletes seeking more mental focus, it also has the power to assist in the reflection of good living.

I recommend this to all adults seeking life enrichment. As a mother of young children, I see the opportunity to apply mental fortitude to parenting and elf improvement.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
A lot of helpful insights muddled in with a bunch of eastern mysticism.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So good. I liked the idea of the observer more than anything. That special place of witness that's not your conscious or your feelings, it the thing inside all of us that can recognize what we are thinking. That point of view that can say "oooh, I am feeling negative, I should probably do something about that". or "I am having an aggressive line of thoughts, let's do a course correction". So cool. That totally exists and we can utilize in such a good way.

1. Live an examined life, and embrace sac
Ross McDougall
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal, audiobooks
This is a cool book!

Divine has seen and done a lot of things, and it's really helpful to piggy-back on his experiences to find practices one can look to implement in their own life. There's heaps of practical exercises that you can try out straight away, and Divine discusses the thoughts and feelings he was having through them so you have an idea of what to expect.

It's obviously working to get the reader into the 'Divine Ecosystem' of training materials and schools, but there's plenty in the boo
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
This started off as an interesting read with insights into understanding one's mind and how it works. Clearly the author has absorbed aspects of various practices and seeks to impart many of these to the reader in a clear and structured way. Many of these you will have undoubtedly have heard before, nevertheless Devine's instruction is pared with examples and stories to further illustrate his points.

I was turned off by a few of his examples as I felt they were fueled by his own personal beliefs
Peter Van Der Walt
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book works on two levels... Firstly, it falls in the category of Ex-FBI/Ex-CIA/Ex-Soldier (in this case, Navy SEAL) Management Help books (like self help, but for career climbers). In this category it is a three star book.


Mental discipline and hygiene books are very hard to find. Most of them tend to be in fields like Buddhism or Meditation.

In this category, the book is excellent. Learning how to channel, control and even utilize emotions is a very important skill to have - for SEALS
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I picked this up because I was curious to learn more about the Navy SEAL way of life. However I don't feel I learned a whole lot from it. The book often felt like an advert for the author's paid training program. What is explained about the SEALS is very basic and honestly confusing. Beyond that there are recurrent subjects from Eastern philosophy which I am already familiar with and thus didn't satisfy my desire for new information either. It's not all bad though, the author is right that when ...more
Cynthia Rennolds
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“How To” Ramp Your Life to the Next Level

Mark Divine has written a how to self help book to inspire the average person to become an uncommon man. Using the principles and methods he learned as a NAvy Seal Divine’s book explores ways to ramp up your thought process to the next level. This book is not as motivating as David Goggin’s “Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds”. Divine’s book, however, gives practical advice on how to become more Seal-like. Best to read both books side by si
Patrick II
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mark Divine is the real deal. He's someone who's curiosity drove him to seek out unusual and new methods for peak performance and resiliency. His personal success in getting through SEAL training proves he's tough, but his reflection as he got away form his "why" and ran a personally disastrous brew-pub is a wonderful lesson for anyone. His writing style is easy and engaging and has a atakeway for everyone. I even had my 15 year old son read it over summer break. ...more
Christopher Mahussier
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Truth Devour
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mind Matters

Converting our consciousness to an awareness that we subconsciously are more influenced than previously understood provides a fascinating predicament for our psyche. Knowing this overlays a greater level of responsibility in the way we choose to think as well as react toward ourselves and the world around us.
Rick Yvanovich
I really liked this book.

Its a very genuine, no holds barred, in your face, wake-up to what you really need to do to toughen up and get on with succeeding.

Grit and persistence are part of the formula, but that should come as absolutely no surprise.

Personally I find the book very motivating and I'm sure you will too.

Susan Ely
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Yes - it took me nearly a year because it simply wasn’t engaging enough to keep me reading. I would read it at work while eating my lunch - a little at a time, if I was in the mood for that style. Good content, not engaging writing style. It was work to read it, even though I was interested in the subject.
Brent Kassing
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Nice spin on same leadership principles

At some point all leadership books sound the same. They put their own spin on the same principles. Nothing earthshaking here. But the key is not to just read about leadership. It’s to find one that works for you that inspires you to act. Worth checking out.
Apr 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Overall a pretty standard "self-help" book. Unfortunately the book carries over quite a bit of masculine assumptions, despite claiming it does not. Lots of "be a wolf not a sheep" style language. Some good principles to apply, but not anything earth shattering compared to any other "this is how to be successful" book. ...more
Scott W.
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've never bookmarked so many pages of a book on my nook! I'm not going to meditate and practice yoga every day; I will practice gratitude, take a few moments each morning to create a positive mindset, and I've created a mantra. This book is an excellent addition to the arsenal. ...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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