He’s a former Navy SEAL, Rhodes scholar (with a Ph.D. from Oxford), and boxing champion. Eric’s also a humanitarian who Time magazine recognizes as one of the 100 most influential Americans. Fortune puts him on their list of the 50 greatest leaders in the world.
Eric writes with the same simple, direct, and disciplined language he admires in Hemingway and reminds me of a modern-day cross of and . Aurelius wrote private notes to himself—never intending to publish his thoughts into what became his classic book . Seneca’s most famous work is the compilation of his letters to a young friend.
This book is a collection of letters Eric wrote to his Navy SEAL buddy who had fallen on hard times—struggling with alcohol and finding purpose after his active duty. The book is so well written it commands a certain quiet, calm reverence as you read it. At least it did for me.
In addition to giving us wisdom on how to cultivate our resilience, this book is really a field manual for virtuous living and flourishing. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. I highly recommend it. Get it .
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