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Unbeatable: Recreate Your Life As Extraordinary Using the Secrets of a Navy Seal Paperback – 8 Oct 2003

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A former Commander of the Navy SEALs, Jack Schropp spent 24 years in the U.S. Navy, serving three tours in Vietnam, specializing in kidnappings, ambushes and, on occasion, P.O.W. rescues. Realizing, first hand, that war was an ineffective means to reachi

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Stop making excuses. Act as if your life depended on it 30 Jun. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
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Stop making excuses. Act as if your life depended on it
Want to lose weight? Stop making excuses. Forget about fad diets. Try this instead:
Imagine that the life of someone you love ABSOLUTELY DEPENDS on your losing 15 pounds. Could you do it? Of course you could. Suddenly all the excuses you'd had in the past would be meaningless. You wouldn't find excuses. You'd not only lose weight, you'd walk through a wall of fire if necessary to save their life.
Apply the same technique to ANYTHING you want to do --- from stopping drinking, to ending procrastinating, curing a compulsion to gamble. Find an incentive that's strong enough --- one that puts at risk the life of someone you love --- and you can do anything.
Imagine for a minute that in every thing you do, your life is at stake --- even in ordinary circumstances. Going to the supermarket, for example, or driving down a highway. When you begin doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way --- as if your life were on the line --- life suddenly takes on a whole new meaning.
These are some of the secrets of living your life as extraordinary. Every second of every day is an opportunity to start all over. Failure has no meaning. Living life as a Navy SEAL means you become UNbeatable. Why? Because you never give up. "Failure" disappears from your vocabulary. The time you allow between failure and starting all over again drops from months, days or hours to zero. And when you develop the habit of starting again immediately, you are, quite literally, unbeatable.
Jack Schropp asks you to consider a lioness living in the jungle. If she returns from a day of stalking prey and comes back empty-handed, does she berate herself? Does she mutter, "Elsa, you pounced too soon." Do other lions chastise her, "Elsa, you've got to get your anger management under control. It's throwing off your ability to pounce." No, when the lioness misses, she simply adjusts and tries again. And again. Over and over, until she succeeds. Doubt isn't part of her experience. The only thing with meaning is her NEXT opportunity. Schropp encourages us to live like the lioness: Focused. Without doubt. And without meaningless self-recriminations.
Bellyaching? It's nonsense. Like SEALS, we're volunteers in most of the things we do in life. Nobody puts a gun to our head and forces us to get married or to take or stay with a dull, unsatisfying job. When we stop thinking of ourselves as victims and begin thinking of ourselves as volunteers, our whole outlook changes.
SEALS also know the secret of teamwork. Just as geese know to fly in formation, with one taking the lead for a while, then dropping back so others assume the lead position. None tire quickly because all in the flock take their turn at the helm. SEALs know that their lives, and the lives of their teammates, depend on everyone doing what they say they will do, when they say they will do it.
Most people who begin SEAL training never finish. At least 66 percent of the members of every SEAL class drop out before they graduate. Schropp includes a list of excuses trainees offer up when they quit (everything from "I didn't know it was going to be like this," to "my a-- hurts," or "I ran out of clean underwear. Honest.") Reading the list makes us realize how stupid people sound when they make excuses.
This book will help anyone prepare for a more rewarding future. And in doing so, it teaches another SEAL secret: The future is NEVER what we expect it to be.
This isn't really a book about SEALS. It's about living life effectively. It's not a self-help book, but it can be one of the most helpful books you'll ever read. It's not perfect. Sometimes it jumps around a bit. The writing is a bit uneven in places. But the ideas sparkle. They're practical. You can put them to work immediately --- in your personal life and in your career. And you'll see immediate results. Best of all, you'll gain access to a no-nonsense formula for living that can make you unbeatable. Count on it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Insight... 17 July 2006
By C.M.Redmann - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this book in 1 sitting... it's a great motivational tool to take responsibility for your life and quit making excuses. I used this book also as an insight into BUD/S and the Navy SEAL selection experience which I hope to succeed though within a year or so.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Some Good, Some Silly, Some Bad 4 Feb. 2007
By S. Peek - Published on
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'Unbeatable' contains some good advice, but nothing earth shattering or revolutionary.

Much of the material would have been standard living for a typical American in years past. Unfortunately, due to the trend in society to make everyone think he/she is a victim, it is not that way anymore. For that reason, Schropp's book has some value. He does a good job of laying out the case that one can either be a volunteer ('someone who takes full responsibility for the quality, path and design of his/her life') or a victim.

He also has some good reminders that people need to be willing to fail and learn from that and a few other tidbits that are good.

On the negative side, he uses a pretty pathetic example for the value of conflict. While I agree with much of his commentary about conflict being a good thing (read chapter ten), he cites Michael Moore as someone who is good at using conflict in a positive way. Schropp loses much of his credibility with me on that one. Moore is little more than a loud mouthed demagogue who is very divisive and uses deception and innuendo as some of his main tools.

Also, several of the author's 'evolutions' (exercises) are rather goofy to say the least. Many of them he cites as exercises that will help one with his/her 'romantic partner'. He seems to think that his Seal training qualifies him as a relationship expert. I think it may be a bit presumptuous on his part.

This book is ok. If you are looking for some life changing revelations based upon the secrets of the Navy Seals, this is probably not the book for you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Do you really want to change? 3 Jan. 2008
By Reads Too Much! - Published on
Format: Paperback
This will movtivate you off of your recliner to get up and do something with yourself. It won't allow you to make excuses for your actions and will pump you up with a Navy Seal mentatlity.
Being unbeatable is about character and choice 20 Jun. 2009
By John - Published on
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This is a great book on how to recreate your life. The book stores are full of self-help books with trite suggestions or new-age type notions. This book comes directly from the author's own experiences in the most extreme situations - being a U.S. Navy Seal in a war zone. So his insights are truly battle tested. I like that he relates one core area per chapter, backed up by insights by famous people like Winston Churchill. The thing that strikes me is that most self-help books really only touch the surface and are more based on TECHNIQUES. This book is based on making fundamental CHOICES about how you will live. Will you live in the moment ? Will you realize that your life will some day end ? Do you honor commitments ? Are you going to be on time ? Are you going to have the mentality of a victim, or the mentality of a volunteer in life. A very, very fine book about philosophy really. Like the ancient books by the Romans and Greeks, on how to live your life.
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