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During the brutal crucible of Navy SEAL training, instructors often tell students to "embrace the suck." This phrase conveys the one lesson that is vital for any SEAL hopeful to learn: lean into the suffering and get comfortable being very uncomfortable. In this powerful, no-nonsense guide, Navy SEAL combat veteran turned leadership expert Brent Gleeson teaches you how to During the brutal crucible of Navy SEAL training, instructors often tell students to "embrace the suck." This phrase conveys the one lesson that is vital for any SEAL hopeful to learn: lean into the suffering and get comfortable being very uncomfortable. In this powerful, no-nonsense guide, Navy SEAL combat veteran turned leadership expert Brent Gleeson teaches you how to transform every area of your life--the Navy SEAL way. Can anyone develop this level of resilience? Gleeson breaks it down to a Challenge-Commitment-Control mindset. He reveals how resilient people view difficulties as a Challenge, where obstacles and failures are opportunities for growth. Next, they have a strong emotional Commitment to their goals and are not easily distracted or deterred. Finally, resilient people focus their energy on the things within their Control, rather than fixating on factors they can't impact. Embrace the Suck provides an actionable roadmap that empowers you to expand your comfort zone to live a more fulfilling, purpose-driven life. Through candid storytelling, behavioral science research, and plenty of self-deprecating humor, Gleeson shows you how to use pain as a pathway, reassess your values, remove temptation, build discipline, suffer with purpose, fail successfully, transform your mind, and achieve more of the goals you set


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During the brutal crucible of Navy SEAL training, instructors often tell students to "embrace the suck." This phrase conveys the one lesson that is vital for any SEAL hopeful to learn: lean into the suffering and get comfortable being very uncomfortable. In this powerful, no-nonsense guide, Navy SEAL combat veteran turned leadership expert Brent Gleeson teaches you how to During the brutal crucible of Navy SEAL training, instructors often tell students to "embrace the suck." This phrase conveys the one lesson that is vital for any SEAL hopeful to learn: lean into the suffering and get comfortable being very uncomfortable. In this powerful, no-nonsense guide, Navy SEAL combat veteran turned leadership expert Brent Gleeson teaches you how to transform every area of your life--the Navy SEAL way. Can anyone develop this level of resilience? Gleeson breaks it down to a Challenge-Commitment-Control mindset. He reveals how resilient people view difficulties as a Challenge, where obstacles and failures are opportunities for growth. Next, they have a strong emotional Commitment to their goals and are not easily distracted or deterred. Finally, resilient people focus their energy on the things within their Control, rather than fixating on factors they can't impact. Embrace the Suck provides an actionable roadmap that empowers you to expand your comfort zone to live a more fulfilling, purpose-driven life. Through candid storytelling, behavioral science research, and plenty of self-deprecating humor, Gleeson shows you how to use pain as a pathway, reassess your values, remove temptation, build discipline, suffer with purpose, fail successfully, transform your mind, and achieve more of the goals you set

30 review for Embrace the Suck: The Navy SEAL Way to an Extraordinary Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kammy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you to the publisher for an advance copy of this book via netgalley! This book is a must for 2020! The reading is quite different...thru stories recalled by the author, the author teaches you about resilience. To view hardships as challenges instead of giving up. To simply accept that there will be good things and sucky things in life...and when sucky things occur...embrace the suck and face it as a challenge!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    It has some great tips that are applicable to everyone. Otherwise David Goggins is mentioned several times in the book and I almost felt like maybe I should just reread Goggins book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tiago Faleiro

    I'm a little skeptical of these types of books, but seeing a preface by Goggins made me put some trust into it. I enjoyed it a lot more than expected, and I liked the author's approach. What stands the most for me is how it blends motivation and actional advice so well. Brent tells many stories of his time as a Navy Seal with extraordinary cases of resilience that are incredibly inspiring and certainly urge you to embrace the suck. However, the book is also full of practical advice and the syste I'm a little skeptical of these types of books, but seeing a preface by Goggins made me put some trust into it. I enjoyed it a lot more than expected, and I liked the author's approach. What stands the most for me is how it blends motivation and actional advice so well. Brent tells many stories of his time as a Navy Seal with extraordinary cases of resilience that are incredibly inspiring and certainly urge you to embrace the suck. However, the book is also full of practical advice and the systems he has developed in order to improve yourself. These include visualizing your goals, dividing tasks into more manageable portions, slowly build habits overtime, being accountable, etc. None of it necessarily revolutionary, but nevertheless something that most people completely lack, and it is presented here in a well succinct format. The approach is well done and in-line with scientific evidence about development and habit building. Some studies are even mentioned which I was glad to see, although it is a minority and the book isn't science-focused. I particularly enjoyed when his systems were describing in specific situations, either from him or teammates and friends. Seeing it in an applied context is always helpful. I also liked how broad his approach is to improvement. It is centered around exercise, as it should be as a foundation, but it does branch out into every aspect of life, and his experience with entrepreneurship and public speaking enriched this aspect. We had to apply the concepts that made him a successful navy seal, but in a completely new context. He draws from other people and stories often. For example, he briefly describes the story of Louis Zamperini, David Goggins, or Ernest Shackleton, as incredible examples of embracing the suck and becoming out on top despite the mindblowing suffering they endured. I already knew all of them, but I still found it enjoyable and illustrates the "universality" of the principles. The author's personality was also a bonus for me. Somehow it seemed relatable and understanding, even though that in many respects we are so completely different. I didn't find his tone condescending which sometimes might be demotivating for some that are in a tough spot in life, but also rigid enough that encourages you to keep yourself accountable. If you're looking to improve yourself but you're having a hard time getting the ball going, I think this book is helpful. It is both inspirational in the stories that it describes but also offers incredibly specific advice on how to implement the principles in your life. Nevertheless, if you've had your fair share of these types of self-help books and stories about Navy Seals, you won't encounter new things here. So unless you're fine with significant overlap, you're likely better off with another book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Theodene

    It seems like the daily mantra during COVID-19! Embrace the suck. We’ve all been doing that for months and it doesn’t feel like it’s going to end anytime soon. This is an excellent book to help you get through tough times or even to reach your highest goals! From the perspective of a Navy SEAL, Brent Gleeson shares some experiences that most of us will never go through. Many of us wouldn’t even dare to try! Yet, he willingly put himself through it and has these stories because of it. It’s about s It seems like the daily mantra during COVID-19! Embrace the suck. We’ve all been doing that for months and it doesn’t feel like it’s going to end anytime soon. This is an excellent book to help you get through tough times or even to reach your highest goals! From the perspective of a Navy SEAL, Brent Gleeson shares some experiences that most of us will never go through. Many of us wouldn’t even dare to try! Yet, he willingly put himself through it and has these stories because of it. It’s about sticking to your goal, the reason you started this mess to begin with. While reading, I thought a lot about my business. I haven’t really been putting much effort into it. But what if I embraced the suck and did a few things every day? Would my business grow? Or would it stay the same? There’s only one way to know, right? This is an easy to get through book. I do recommend doing the exercises and answer the questions at the end of each chapter. I love how it relates his experience in the Navy SEALS with life in general. It’s very relatable and the key points are great for anyone who feels like they’re in a struggle. A digital copy of Embrace the Suck was provided by Hachette Books via NetGalley with no expectation for a review. I give this book 5 out of 5 tiaras because it’s so relatable and stings my heartstrings all at the same time. My best to the families who have lost loved ones in combat and those who are struggling through emotionally. Thank you for your service, Brent Gleeson!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Geric

    First of all, thank you to NetGalley, Hachette Books and author Brent Gleeson for this advance reader copy in exchange for a fair an honest review. I'm grateful! At first glance, after reading a few pages, it seems as though this book might be a sort of memoir, but after finishing this book you realize just how poignantly it is titled. The writing style is a bit robotic but its brevity is perfect for the subject matter. At under 200 pages, it captures the perfect amount of material and is succinct First of all, thank you to NetGalley, Hachette Books and author Brent Gleeson for this advance reader copy in exchange for a fair an honest review. I'm grateful! At first glance, after reading a few pages, it seems as though this book might be a sort of memoir, but after finishing this book you realize just how poignantly it is titled. The writing style is a bit robotic but its brevity is perfect for the subject matter. At under 200 pages, it captures the perfect amount of material and is succinctly stated. Mixing some comedy, heartache and reality from the author's life, you can definitely understand the basic mindset of a Navy SEAL. Another author and Navy SEAL, David Goggins, figures prominently into the book. It seems that Goggins has made quite an impression on Gleeson. At the end of each chapter, there are questions to ponder and take action with. That is what I think makes this book unique: that it is actionable. The author tries to convey that the Navy SEAL life is one that is virtuous and purposeful. Embracing the suck is more than a phrase: it is a way of life. It is a concept that not everyone will understand but once they do, they will be able to live life more fully and they will be able to stand tall and face adversity with a smile instead of running from it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Book Him Danno

    While this book isn't perfect it does give readers great nuggets that can help in everyone personal life. the author is a Navy Seal and he likes to remind readers how physical and mentally strong than the average person. The author uses his background to create and help people in their every day lives. Yet at the sometimes at times the author gives unrealistic ideas or goals for people to take on. Embrace the Suck can and will help individuals figure out to deal with the crap that is thrown at t While this book isn't perfect it does give readers great nuggets that can help in everyone personal life. the author is a Navy Seal and he likes to remind readers how physical and mentally strong than the average person. The author uses his background to create and help people in their every day lives. Yet at the sometimes at times the author gives unrealistic ideas or goals for people to take on. Embrace the Suck can and will help individuals figure out to deal with the crap that is thrown at them. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of Brent Gleeson Embrace The Suck

  7. 4 out of 5

    Four Season Reader-Carrie Nordberg

    If you have failed in the past and need some real butt kicking hardcore, in your face advice, this is your book. Navy Seals are extraordinary because they achieve greatness against all odds. Taking that same mindset into real life, the author breaks down how to get past the uncomfortable and break through to reach your goals. The book is filled with thought provoking questions and activities to really help the reader begin their path to not only survive but thrive through the hard times. This is If you have failed in the past and need some real butt kicking hardcore, in your face advice, this is your book. Navy Seals are extraordinary because they achieve greatness against all odds. Taking that same mindset into real life, the author breaks down how to get past the uncomfortable and break through to reach your goals. The book is filled with thought provoking questions and activities to really help the reader begin their path to not only survive but thrive through the hard times. This is a great book to kick off the new year and move forward. @fourseasonreader

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    Phenomenal book! Very different approach than other books written by Navy Seals. If you are looking for story after story like No Easy Day, this is not your book. I would liken it more to No Hero, but with more outlines how to apply the principles being taught. One of my new favorite books. Embrace the suck! Do something everyday! In the absence of orders, take charge! A book to apply not just read. Scribd

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael Smith

    This was an excellent book bringing in ones journey from a average life post college to making a determination to try for Seal training. Mission deployed on, friends lost and lessons learned along the way that can apply to every aspect of life. That is not to say that once you've read this book anyone would be able to do a third of what this person accomplished in life. However, it gives you tools in how to try to make yourself better. This was an excellent book bringing in ones journey from a average life post college to making a determination to try for Seal training. Mission deployed on, friends lost and lessons learned along the way that can apply to every aspect of life. That is not to say that once you've read this book anyone would be able to do a third of what this person accomplished in life. However, it gives you tools in how to try to make yourself better.

  10. 5 out of 5

    S Tondra

    ok, wow. Gleeson doesn't hold back, is in your face with truth bombs, and so many practical applications that I will be getting a hard copy. There were so many inspiring lines and truths that I will be keeping a copy of this in my high school classroom (with fair warning about the amount of F bombs) that if they noticed the title they will learn so much from the information inside about how to live and Embrace the Suck. ok, wow. Gleeson doesn't hold back, is in your face with truth bombs, and so many practical applications that I will be getting a hard copy. There were so many inspiring lines and truths that I will be keeping a copy of this in my high school classroom (with fair warning about the amount of F bombs) that if they noticed the title they will learn so much from the information inside about how to live and Embrace the Suck.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bailey

    Simple and brilliant Gleeson has mastered the art of powerful simplicity. He’s to the point, elegant, inspiring, and powerful. Through his writing you can tell he has all of the qualities a reputable and trusted leader should have: integrity, humility, experience and he knows who he is and what matters to him. Invaluable wisdom is in this book including concepts you can remember as short phrases to memorize. Don’t sleep on this!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Manganiello

    Although I was highly disappointed that a Navy combat special operator of such a high caliber organization utilized civilian time to time stamps his entries in his book, the rest of it totally makes up for it, especially the bit pertaining to the Siberian tiger... I fucking love that story!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Dailey

    This book was extremely timely as I’m Embracing the Suck of 75Hard. Additionally it taught me many items to help me build mental toughness that I would have otherwise disregarded or overlooked in my personal life.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Buron

    There were some great life nuggets in this book and it served as a great reminder that Navy Seals are ridiculously badass. Thanks so much to NetGalley and Hachette Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to set and achieve goals, as well as find ways to be resilient. Brent consistently delivers impactful stories as well as structured and actionable processes related to growth and improvement that can yield immediate results. 5/5!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brent Kassing

    Love it! Great book that describes so much of what was already in my head. Go take in the world. Don’t cower and let take on you.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Will Riordan

    Simply fantastic. An inspiring read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Edward A. hanson

    Above average book. Some war stories & training stories. Worth reading. It reinforced concepts I know and inter some new ones.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marcus Smaiz

    Great read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Reband

    Clear and precise directions to achievement along with some great stories. Worth a read or two or three.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mark Rimelspach

    Good motivational book on defining your goals and pushing your limits.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mike Fedewa

    Not my typical read. Jake bought it for me for Christmas. If he hadn’t given it to me, I never would have read it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Barry Engelhardt

    ‘Resilience is not about hard work towards short-term gains, but rather maintaining the long-term grind towards an ultimate goal.’ While I’m not big on trying to capture the essence of a book in a single quote, this is a strong start, as well as interconnects resilience to what Simon Sinek would define as an Infinite Mindset. To choose resiliency is to choose adversity & embrace a growth mindset. Gleeson makes many strong arguments, such as tying adversity and resilience as an interrelated and 830 ‘Resilience is not about hard work towards short-term gains, but rather maintaining the long-term grind towards an ultimate goal.’ While I’m not big on trying to capture the essence of a book in a single quote, this is a strong start, as well as interconnects resilience to what Simon Sinek would define as an Infinite Mindset. To choose resiliency is to choose adversity & embrace a growth mindset. Gleeson makes many strong arguments, such as tying adversity and resilience as an interrelated and 830-1000required cause and effect. He also paints a metaphor between resilience and physical exercise. While there is a great deal of research that concludes willpower is finite, Gleeson argues that due to the brain’s malleable nature, one can increase mental muscles through consistent and deliberate repetition much like one increases their speed or strength through consistent and deliberate physical exercise. And as we continue to push our boundaries, said boundaries expand as 00a result, allowing us to channel our struggles towards the related growth.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Isabella

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Dull

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nic Lishko

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lois R. Landers

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nick R

  29. 5 out of 5

    andre stone

  30. 4 out of 5

    Liz

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