This is our fourth Note on one of Admiral McRaven’s great books.
We started with , then we featured his memoir, , then we featured . They’re all FANTASTIC. So, of course, when I saw Admiral McRaven had published this book, I immediately got it. Read it. Loved it. Here we are. (Get a copy of the book .)
As we discussed in the previous Notes, as a four-star admiral, McRaven’s final assignment was as Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces.
He served as a Navy SEAL for 37 years. By the time he hit 34 years of service, he was officially annointed as the “Bull Frog”—the longest serving frogman and Navy SEAL on active duty.
This book, as per the title, is wisdom from this legendary bullfrog. McRaven distills leadership into its most fundamental components, delivering on the subtitle: “Leadership Made Simple (But Not Easy).”
As you’d expect, it’s PACKED with practical wisdom. Let’s take a quick look at some of my favorite Big Ideas. We’ll start with a super-quick look at those eighteen military aphorisms that guided his extraordinary career.
P.S. Before we jump in, here are some quick links to Notes on other great books by extraordinary military leaders that I think you’ll also enjoy: by Colin Powell, by James Mattis, by James Stockdale, by James Stockdale, by Mike Manazir, by Stanley McChrystal, and by Michael Erwin.
Plus: Here are some great books by Navy SEALs: by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, by Jocko Willink, by Mark Divine, by Mark Divine, by Brent Gleeson, by David Goggins, by David Goggins, and by Eric Blehm.
P.P.S. The current four-star general commanding the U.S Special Operations Forces is General Bryan P. Fenton. I was deeply honored to receive an invitation from GEN Fenton and his team to present at a recent USSOCOM First SOF Truth event on Resiliency. (Learn more and .)
I gave my presentation just a few days before creating this Note and had the privilege of spending time with USSOCOM’s commanding officers including one of the most recent “Bullfrogs,” Vice Admiral Tim Szymanski. Being in the presence of these Heroic protectors was deeply humbling and equally inspiring.
It is very easy to take the freedoms we enjoy for granted. I do not. It is because of the sacrifices of these brave men and women (and their families!) that we have the opportunity to flourish. Serving the Force and their Families to repay our debt to them is a sacred honor and one that I am fiercely committed to fulfilling at the highest possible level.
And now... Let’s get to work!