Goodreads review • Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and WinExtreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well this was… fun?

The leadership lessons contained within are actually good. They make sense. They instill the right kind of leadership. They exemplify the rights and wrongs. You can actually read them, apply them, and get on with the task at hand.

Of course, that makes the other 60% of the book feel a bit unnecessary. It’s clear that each real-life U.S. Navy SEAL situation is meant to highlight the lesson learned, to provide it with context, and to get you to understand the matter. Sadly, it turns into a slog halfway through. If you are into war stories this will add a significant plus to the (relatively) dry business side of things. Personally, I felt the tiny additional business example following the war story, was more than enough.

Regardless, it’s good to see the actual lessons having a real life basis, making this far better than most other books that attempt to learn you one thing by repeating it ad infinitum. It’s just a bit of a shame the stories just didn’t click with me. Yet, the lessons themselves are definitely worth the journey.

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