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Unleash the Warrior within: Develop the Focus, Discipline, Confidence and Courage You Need to Achieve Unlimited Goals [Paperback]

Richard Machowicz
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26 Nov 2002
Richard Machowicz knows first hand that life can be a lot like war. A ten-year veteran of the Navy SEALs, he was trained to complete whatever mission was handed to him, under any condition, because failure was not an option. Now, in Unleash the Warrior Within, Machowicz takes the winning attitude and mental skills he mastered in service and shows readers how to use combat mentality to reach their goals in everyday life. Using his seven principles of combatwhich include Create an Action Mind-Set, The Critical Keys to Conquering Anything, and Guarantee the WinMachowicz shows readers how to master the arts of focus, discipline, and determination under any circumstances, giving them the tools they need to conquer fear and turn their ambitions and dreams into reality. A new preface is included in this paperback edition of this inspiring guide. "Machowicz gives you the tools necessary to ensure that you win in the battle of life. "Jim Rome, host of the nationally syndicated radio show, The Jungle, and FOX television's The Last Word


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing (26 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569244979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569244975
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 842,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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War is hell, but if you prepare properly for war, there's not much about life that will take you by surprise. At least, that's the premise of Unleashing the Warrior Within, in which Machowicz takes the lessons he learned as a Navy SEAL and applies them to real-life situations.

In war, for example, you learn that there are three dynamic elements of combat: target, weapons, movement. The target dictates the weapons, and the weapons dictate movement. In real life, your target is what you want; your weapons are your skills; and movement is whatever you need to get in position to use your skills. But, since deciding upon a target is the step that's most troubling to people, he adds another wartime analytical tool called the CARVER matrix. You lay out various targets you may have in life--a better job, getting in shape, buying a new house, and taking on a new business partner, say. Then you assess the Criticality, Accessibility, Recognisability, and Vulnerability of the target, plus its Effect on your overall mission in life, and the potential Return on your effort.

Machowicz calls his philosophy Bukido, and if you take his classes in Los Angeles, you learn self-defence along with these life-improvement skills. In this book, the object is to get you to choose a mission that is closest and most important to you, and then achieve your goals with military precision. By the time you're through learning the seven principles of combat, what you've really learned is how to think critically and focus your efforts. Machowicz uses his students as examples of how the enemy in life is really a lack of action, allowing life to take you along for a ride. So if your current target is a solid self-improvement course, Unleashing the Warrior Within could be your most effective weapon. --Lou Schuler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What you need to know 8 Oct 2004
By Aj Viljoen VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I ordered this book while on an Amazon shopping spree. When it arrived I stood there going "What was I thinking?". Navy SEALS, macho man on the cover, mean stare and a title which reads "Unleash the warrior.." Anyway, I've made some stupid purchases in the past, so at least it wasn't as if this was the first one.
A few days later I got the flu and had to stay in bed for a few days, so I started paging through this macho title. And suddenly I propped myself up, and got a pen and paper for notes. This book was good!
It seems as if most of the macho stuff was concentrated on the cover. Okay, so the author tells quite a few stories about his SEAL-days, but always to illustrate a point. Funny thing is, the point was often related to un-macho things, such as (his own) fear and feelings of inadequacy.
As I lay there reading, I soon came to realise that this was the VERY BEST self-improvement book I've ever read. Yes, even better than Covey's "Seven Habits" (because Machovitz's advice will work for everyone, his ideas are not pie-in-the-sky, and the methods have been tried, tested and perfected in numerous very difficult situations). If you are from the Carnegie school, you are also in for a surprise - this guy is genuine, and not once does he imply anything along the line of "fake it till you make it". Quite the contrary.
Machovitz is a good writer, and his editor also did a great job. I enjoyed the book thoroughly. Not one boring page. His anecdotes from his military days were amusing, captivating and thought-provoking. A good read even if this isn't a leisure book.
The purpose of the book is to provide the reader with "tools" with which to order his life, establish and prioritise goals, and then to equip himself with the right mindset to go out and get it. Very effective.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, this book is the one I needed.... 27 April 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
10 years of reading "I have the power". Hmm. This guy cuts straight through it to laser focus on what you need. It actually makes sense - being taught acheievement strategies by a military Navy Seal. He's had to make quick, good, tough decisions. He establishs his cred by telling you about Hell Week - the place where most wanabe Seals Break. Then he mingles his talks about fear and action with examples of how he's helped others get over them (not just himself). I listen (figuratively) to this guy because he knows what fear is so if he can overcome it then it's worth taking seriously what he says.

I'm only three chapters in and have noticed a significant improvement in the way I think about getting things done. Target - keep it simple - Weapons - what is the most effective way to get there (not necc the fastest) and Movement (be flexible about how you do what you need to to get the result). I have read literally hundreds of self-help books. This one I am using to not just read but get results. I reccomend it.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlimited Power meets Bravo Two Zero 12 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
If you told me a week ago I would be recommending a book by a guy who's personal philosophy includes such gems as "the way to destroy an attacker is to destroy the attacker's mind" and "not dead, can't quit", I would have given you a talk on the difference between the path of the adventurer and the path of the warrior, and explained why I prefer the adventurer's path.
While that would have been an interesting talk (:-), it wouldn't have been half so interesting or enjoyable as this book. Written by a retired US Navy SEAL, this book manages to be equal parts gripping narrative, practical exercise, and innovative "phraseology". Not only was I not put off by the authors machismo (the fact that his name is "Macho-wicz" seems to be lost on him, which was a pleasant surprise), I actually wound up liking him, and unlike a fair few authors in the genre, would enjoy spending time in his company.
The most exciting chapter for me was the one on fear. Take for example the author's description of fear as:
"...this paper-thin, veiled mist. And once you walk through this paper-thin mist, it's clear on the other side. Your fear is behind you."
Or this:
"Fear is not a true indicator of danger, evaluated experience is...good evaluation of past experiences makes for good decisions, period."
Excellent stuff and a great read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas here, worth a read 8 Jan 2007
By A. Gothorp VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
It's not that easy to evaluate and review `self-help' books, as what I find useful is probably not at all useful to someone else. I guess it depends on what your perceived `problem' is, or more positively, what is `your area of desired improvement'.

I liked this book, I found it very helpful. This book deals with fears that are preventing you from becoming the person you wish or be or attaining a target that you are aiming for in your life.

The approach is very aggressive as you would expect from the title and front cover. Machowicz encourages you to `live life aggressively'. Machowicz draws on his experience as a Navy SEAL, and tells us about how he went through some very extreme situations that inevitably lead to fear and how he developed mechanisms to cope with and conquer that fear. It is a macho approach and in some places reads very much like the true to life novel by Andy McNab, `Bravo Two Zero'. However, I don't think that should put readers off, there is some very useful insights here. Take the CARVER matrix for example. This is a target evaluation method of military origin. Machowicz applies it to everyday life. If you enter `Waging Project Management Warfare' into a search engine you will find an article where an attendee of one of Machowicz classes applies the principle to software development!

There is definitely as much value in reading this as in relying solely on the works of desk bound psychologists.

I also liked the fact that it was written relatively recently, 2002. The context is relevant.
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I found this really interesting. It hasn't changed my life, but has made me realise that I actually do a lot of what is in the book without realising it - you probably do to. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I didn't expect this book to do much for me; more a rant of the authors navy seals experiences and his attempt to relate it to real life. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Actually lacking focus?
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