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Awesome SEAL Memoir - And Life Manual
on 16 December 2012
I've read so many SEAL memoirs at this point I feel a bit as if I could teach BUD/S myself. Don't get me wrong, they're generally amazing stories, from men who have (obviously) achieved truly amazing and noble things with their lives. Anyway, my point being that there have been a lot of them lately - but I think this one stands out. Like so many SOF guys, Webb is an amazingly sensitive and literate observer of the world around him. Interestingly, I found the early chapters (on his early life) really gripping, and it made me remember (as a storyteller) that the great thing is to make the reader interested even in *the story before the story*. Since we care so much about this character, we care a lot more about what happens to him later.
It's also hard not to take some life philosophy away from elite SOF guys. In the case of Webb, this was encapsulated in a line he first used at sniper school, when a target comes up (intentionally on the part of the instructors) only halfway: "Tough. Deal with it. Adapt and overcome." This has become my mantra subsequently, and if one were to try and put the secret to life in seven words, that may well be it. I've realized that luck and fate will always play a critical role in human events, and human success. But with this as your guiding star, you might fail this time, but you actually can be assured that you will always win in the end.