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In Never Enough, Mike Hayes—former Commander of SEAL Team TWO—helps readers apply high-stakes lessons about excellence, agility, and meaning across their personal and professional lives. Mike Hayes has lived a lifetime of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. He has been held at gunpoint and threatened with execution. He’s jumped out of a building rigged to explode, helped amputa In Never Enough, Mike Hayes—former Commander of SEAL Team TWO—helps readers apply high-stakes lessons about excellence, agility, and meaning across their personal and professional lives. Mike Hayes has lived a lifetime of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. He has been held at gunpoint and threatened with execution. He’s jumped out of a building rigged to explode, helped amputate a teammate’s leg, and made countless split-second life-and-death decisions. He’s written countless emails to his family, telling them how much he loves them, just in case those were the last words of his they’d ever read. Outside of the SEALs, he’s run meetings in the White House Situation Room, negotiated international arms treaties, and developed high-impact corporate strategies. Over his many years of leadership, he has always strived to be better, to contribute more, and to put others first. That’s what makes him an effective leader, and it’s the quality that he’s identified in all of the great leaders he’s encountered. That continual striving to lift those around him has filled Mike’s life with meaning and purpose, has made him secure in the knowledge that he brings his best to everything he does, and has made him someone others can rely on. In Never Enough, Mike Hayes recounts dramatic stories and offers battle- and boardroom-tested advice that will motivate readers to do work of value, live lives of purpose, and stretch themselves to reach their highest potential.


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In Never Enough, Mike Hayes—former Commander of SEAL Team TWO—helps readers apply high-stakes lessons about excellence, agility, and meaning across their personal and professional lives. Mike Hayes has lived a lifetime of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. He has been held at gunpoint and threatened with execution. He’s jumped out of a building rigged to explode, helped amputa In Never Enough, Mike Hayes—former Commander of SEAL Team TWO—helps readers apply high-stakes lessons about excellence, agility, and meaning across their personal and professional lives. Mike Hayes has lived a lifetime of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. He has been held at gunpoint and threatened with execution. He’s jumped out of a building rigged to explode, helped amputate a teammate’s leg, and made countless split-second life-and-death decisions. He’s written countless emails to his family, telling them how much he loves them, just in case those were the last words of his they’d ever read. Outside of the SEALs, he’s run meetings in the White House Situation Room, negotiated international arms treaties, and developed high-impact corporate strategies. Over his many years of leadership, he has always strived to be better, to contribute more, and to put others first. That’s what makes him an effective leader, and it’s the quality that he’s identified in all of the great leaders he’s encountered. That continual striving to lift those around him has filled Mike’s life with meaning and purpose, has made him secure in the knowledge that he brings his best to everything he does, and has made him someone others can rely on. In Never Enough, Mike Hayes recounts dramatic stories and offers battle- and boardroom-tested advice that will motivate readers to do work of value, live lives of purpose, and stretch themselves to reach their highest potential.

30 review for Never Enough: A Navy SEAL Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility, and Meaning

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    Full disclosure: I received a free ARC of this book from Celadon in exchange for an honest review. #CeladonReads, #partner, #ReadNeverEnough, @CeladonBooks I’ll confess. I wasn't sure what to expect when this book arrived on my doorstep. Unlike the Goodreads giveaways, where I have some choice in that I select which ones to enter, Celadon books just show up out of the blue. Never Enough, aside from starting the song by the Cure running through my head, appeared to be of the Self Help and/or Busin Full disclosure: I received a free ARC of this book from Celadon in exchange for an honest review. #CeladonReads, #partner, #ReadNeverEnough, @CeladonBooks I’ll confess. I wasn't sure what to expect when this book arrived on my doorstep. Unlike the Goodreads giveaways, where I have some choice in that I select which ones to enter, Celadon books just show up out of the blue. Never Enough, aside from starting the song by the Cure running through my head, appeared to be of the Self Help and/or Business variety, two genres that I suspect of being boring--though, to be fair, I’ve very little experience with either. I was pleasantly surprised to find the book quite readable. Going in, I definitely had a chip on my shoulder. But Hayes writes with clarity and sincerity. He tells stories from his own life and military experience that illustrate the points he’s trying to make. None of it feels forced or hokey or any of the other derogatory thoughts some of us may recognize from our prior experiences with motivational speakers. In the end, I was won over, and found myself enjoying the book immensely Is reading it guaranteed to make you a better person? Honestly, I’m not sure that *any* book can promise that with one hundred percent accuracy. But one could certainly do a lot worse than trying to take the lessons of this one to heart. Recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Griffin

    I won this book from BookishFirst as part of a giveaway and in exchange I am giving my honest opinion on it. This memoir from Mike Hayes titled Never Enough actually surprised me and turned out to be really engaging and I loved how this former commanding officer of U.S. navy seal team two wrote about his experiences in the navy seals and also his time in the White House. He writes about how anyone can live a life of excellence, agility and meaning if they follow some simple rules that he learned I won this book from BookishFirst as part of a giveaway and in exchange I am giving my honest opinion on it. This memoir from Mike Hayes titled Never Enough actually surprised me and turned out to be really engaging and I loved how this former commanding officer of U.S. navy seal team two wrote about his experiences in the navy seals and also his time in the White House. He writes about how anyone can live a life of excellence, agility and meaning if they follow some simple rules that he learned through his life experiences on and off of the navy seals. I like how he broke it down into 3 main sections of Never Enough through excellence, agility and meaningfulness. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in memoirs.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steven Kaminski

    I read a lot about leadership these days. I do that because I'm a leader but I also do that because leadership is one of those areas that is the most fascinating to me because the needs of leaders are always changing. How we interact with people is always changing. How we need to adapt to the needs of an organization is always changing. For good leaders and for people to a value and continue to become good leaders you have to be continually learning. You have to be flexible, you have to be adapt I read a lot about leadership these days. I do that because I'm a leader but I also do that because leadership is one of those areas that is the most fascinating to me because the needs of leaders are always changing. How we interact with people is always changing. How we need to adapt to the needs of an organization is always changing. For good leaders and for people to a value and continue to become good leaders you have to be continually learning. You have to be flexible, you have to be adaptable and this book really gets into that. Mike Hayes... was the commander of a Seal team, has worked in the White House and he has also worked in the business community in the private sector. This book is a really good read because he distills the lessons that he's learned about leadership very succinctly and sort of puts them into pillars and categories that makes it much easier to understand the point that he wants to drive home and the things that he wants to emphasize as lessons that hes learned in leadership. Serving in combat in the military puts you into a position where you have to be flexible. You have to be creative. You have to be adaptable and make decisions quickly. But at the same time you can also put processes in place. As Hayes wisely emphasizes HOW and WHY people are making decisions can have just as great an impact upon an organization when decisions are made. Hayes also astutely points out that diversity of opinion is even more valuable today as organizations often become more homogeneous. A lot of small crucial insights are in this book that Hayes conveys through stories about his experiences. All of this makes for an outstanding addition to books that we all should read about leadership.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Clarissa

    Thank you to Celadon Books for this ARC for my honest review. “Make it a great day”. This book by Mike Hayes lets the reader know that no matter the situation, each person is in charge of their own decisions, no matter if it is an everyday situation or if making a life and death decision. We are in charge of our own lives and those decisions can impact not only yourself but others around you, even strangers. Hayes includes stories of his childhood and becoming a Navy SEAL. To become an elite memb Thank you to Celadon Books for this ARC for my honest review. “Make it a great day”. This book by Mike Hayes lets the reader know that no matter the situation, each person is in charge of their own decisions, no matter if it is an everyday situation or if making a life and death decision. We are in charge of our own lives and those decisions can impact not only yourself but others around you, even strangers. Hayes includes stories of his childhood and becoming a Navy SEAL. To become an elite member of the military like the SEAL’s, one has to be motivated and determined. This book relates to everyday life but it may hit closer to home to those that are in the military or have family in the armed forces. My uncles on my mother’s side were in the Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Both of my grandfathers were also in the military, my paternal grandfather was in the Army during World War 2 in the South Pacific and my maternal grandfather (whom I never knew) was in the Navy in the South Pacific, too. My paternal grandfather’s only brother-in-law was killed during the Battle of the Bulge. I also hold a BA in history with a minor in political science. Most classes I took for my history degree are centered on World War 2 and the Holocaust. With all of that said, I understand some of the military stories and concepts that Hayes shares in this book. Hayes let’s the reader know that no one should ever give up on improving oneself. We should all strive to be the best we can be and reach higher to better ourselves and our fellow citizens of the world. One aspect that he points out is that in order to improve oneself, we need to be honest, true and give feedback. This concept is a must in every work environment and in relationships. He also reiterates throughout this book that one should take the hard paths to better oneself. This is true. If everyone took the easy path in life, you will not improve yourself because you are staying in a comfort zone....step out and you will have greater opportunities, better relationships, and improve yourself for the better; everything is earned and gives more meaning. Another valuable point is to be true to yourself; don’t conform to please someone - be you and the best you. Life is not easy for anyone. It’s easy to look at someone and say, well it’s greener on that side of the fence. But is it really? Yes, someone may come from money, but they have problems and issues like anyone else...it may not be as dire as some go through; it could be worse or easier. No one knows unless they walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. The point of this book is to live life to the fullest but by working harder and never settling for something. Be the best person you can be at work, for your family and friends, and strangers. Have compassion and help your community. Be honest with yourself and others. Work with others and not against them; we all have our opinions of the world but it’s ok to hear someone out and still have a difference of opinion. We are individuals and it’s ok to be different. We all are stronger together to build a better world, work environment, and in relationships. Overall I think this was a good motivator book. I do not normally read books like this but it was sent to me by the publisher, Celadon Books, so I gave it a go. Even though there are a lot of military stories throughout, Hayes let’s the reader know that the strategies he used while in tough situations can be used in everyday life, too. I recommend this book to those that need that extra motivation to use some life skills discussed in this book to achieve higher goals. You cannot be get to the top without being a team player, being honest with oneself and others. It is up to you to make it a great day! #ReadNeverEnough #CeladonReads

  5. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    First and foremost -Thank you -Celadon Books for this ARC copy in exchange for this honest review. Unlike books I can select this one showed up at my door and I had no idea what it was all about but I was pleasantly surprised. This was an easy read and quite enjoyable about the life and time of Mike Hayes and his extraordinary career in the service as a SEAL. What you might think is going to be a big, brass, and bold writing turned out to be relatable, exquisite, and intriguing. I felt as though I w First and foremost -Thank you -Celadon Books for this ARC copy in exchange for this honest review. Unlike books I can select this one showed up at my door and I had no idea what it was all about but I was pleasantly surprised. This was an easy read and quite enjoyable about the life and time of Mike Hayes and his extraordinary career in the service as a SEAL. What you might think is going to be a big, brass, and bold writing turned out to be relatable, exquisite, and intriguing. I felt as though I was there on the front lines, but also it felt as though he wasn't preaching but informing, and it was much easier to apply the lessons learned. A failure is never a failure but a stepping stone to bigger graces. In today's world the tone in which one speaks can be misconstrued and yes, the meaning is taken out of context from the original statement. So, we have to be careful not to pre-judge, jump to soon, or lose our cool because every minute could mean life or death. Mike provided many concrete examples of not being overly judgmental, or strict but rather staying in form as a leader with compassion and empathy. It's actually find to step down a notch and let others take the stage if you feel they're more qualified and I respected that decision making process. It's fine to show emotion as a father and be proud of your kids and not be too busy making a life to miss out on those milestones such as the birth of a child. When Mike brought this up I nearly lost my chips. My ex-spouse never came to visit our son on his birth -nor the two months in NICU- nor the time afterward -the twenty years growing up. Everything was work related and ladies we know what that entails as it's not all work. He also never showed up for my youngest either, or the complications I had to undergo with the pregnancy for either one (Vater Syndrome son and SUA for the third with high jaundice for second child). What blew my mind is the fact that my then fiancee didn't bother to show up for son who fought for his life and while I had an emergency c section with placental abruption and was fighting for my life having lost a severe amount of blood with my son being life flighted out to a local children's hospital two hours away-while I made the trip against doctors orders via ambulance to NICU-all while he stayed home. He later wouldn't come to NICU stay in the following two months using HIPA laws as his excuse along with a high school class reunion even though he's listed as a guest (he's the child's bio father) he had permission. So, as you can see this comment hit me deep as not all men possess these same character traits and I wish they did! What took me by surprise was the action on the battlefield and the subsequent high standards that Seals must endure at the upper level including the discussion on 'toughing them up' if you will. It was an interesting and intriguing read that led to insight that's innumerable concerning the three focal points: Excellence, Agility, and Meaning~! What I didn't care for was the commentary near the end about his buddy and friend Dan Crenshaw Republican Texas whom he admired for his bravery and rightfully so after being injured. The problem I have with him is him downplaying the Coronavirus, not immediately pushing through 911 support bill, and his hard edge as a Republican member. https://theintercept.com/2020/09/29/r... https://www.businessinsider.com/dan-c... However, this book was very valuable in terms of the meaning within the context it's framed and so I'll take that with me. I'd love to read whatever comes next from this author as it was a well written, thoughtful, and intriguing display of raw human emotion that we rarely see from men today in such high caliber positions and ranking.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    'Never enough' appears a zealous code. But never enough what? Never enough money? Accomplishment? Joy? Love? When I heard Never Enough was written by longtime Navy SEAL commander Mike Hayes, that colored my impression on what the title might mean. The SEALs have a reputation as the toughest of the tough, so perhaps 'never enough' referred to effort, sacrifice, or hardship. But upon diving into Hayes's life story, I found the message of the title more generally ardent, more comparable to people 'Never enough' appears a zealous code. But never enough what? Never enough money? Accomplishment? Joy? Love? When I heard Never Enough was written by longtime Navy SEAL commander Mike Hayes, that colored my impression on what the title might mean. The SEALs have a reputation as the toughest of the tough, so perhaps 'never enough' referred to effort, sacrifice, or hardship. But upon diving into Hayes's life story, I found the message of the title more generally ardent, more comparable to people who say they 'live every day to the fullest.' It's just a very SEAL-like way to say 'strive.' Never Enough is a self-help book where the messages are old but they're not empty. To summarize the core philosophy: seek the uncomfortable path, keep your mind open and adapt to circumstances, find out what's important to you and pursue it. There's nothing groundbreaking here but I found myself in agreement most of the time. And in this case the messenger is more of a draw than the message. Hayes served around the world and his narrative includes anecdotes from Peru, Afghanistan, war-torn eastern Europe, and the White House. He's been held at gunpoint, befriended heroes, dealt with jerks in his chain of command, and led soldiers in a variety of dangerous circumstances. These stories tend to be brief and light on detail, but they're all interesting and heartfelt. And by the end I got a sense of the decisions a military commander has to make in non-combat situations. So while this might not be the self-help tome to fix all the world's motivation problems, it's still a grand story breezily told. Maybe that's not 'enough', but it's plenty in my book. Received a free review copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    I expected this to just be about the war and whatnot, but this book was so much more than that. This book is well done and ver organized, making it easy to follow along and enjoy. I was never lost because Hayes explained everything that was going to happen, making sure the reader was able to follow along so easily. It made me enjoy the book even more. This book is about growth and not giving up. It was a very inspirational book, and I liked it so much. This was such a great read, and I would lov I expected this to just be about the war and whatnot, but this book was so much more than that. This book is well done and ver organized, making it easy to follow along and enjoy. I was never lost because Hayes explained everything that was going to happen, making sure the reader was able to follow along so easily. It made me enjoy the book even more. This book is about growth and not giving up. It was a very inspirational book, and I liked it so much. This was such a great read, and I would love to read more from this author in the future.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Fink

    4.5 stars Thanks to Bookish-First and the Publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! This book takes on a whole new meaning of never enough. It’s not about perfection or never feeling accomplished, it’s about understanding that whatever you are striving for, you can always grow in your ability. It’s also about understanding what motivates us and how we can align ourselves to achieve our goals. This book is about helping us to never give up on what matters most to us. 4.5 stars Thanks to Bookish-First and the Publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! This book takes on a whole new meaning of never enough. It’s not about perfection or never feeling accomplished, it’s about understanding that whatever you are striving for, you can always grow in your ability. It’s also about understanding what motivates us and how we can align ourselves to achieve our goals. This book is about helping us to never give up on what matters most to us. To feel we still haven’t done enough. It’s amazing how he relates a situation or experience that is high stakes, like choosing to kill someone or not, to something that we all relate to, to take action or not, even in simple things. I also appreciate the range of people that can benefit from the lessons in this book. No matter what path you’ve taken in life, this book is made to benefit you in whatever you have chosen. For a non-fiction, this book is highly engaging. It’s a page turner, which is rare for a book like this. The stories and experiences in the book are captivating and moving. Even if you’re not into motivational books like this, the stories are worth reading the book. The writing style is amazing. The way the author talks directly to us is unique and also perfect for the type of book this is. The way the author gets across his point is profound and makes us think. He asks us questions so that we can contemplate what he is saying. The logic behind his reasonings was very well expressed and it was easy for us to understand what he wanted us to take away from what he was saying. The organization of the book is broken down into different sections of larger sections, and single ideas of larger ideas. There are 3 sections, each broken down into 3 chapter, and each chapter is broken down into subheadings. It keeps us focused on a specific aspect and allows us to mentally get organized. It also allows for a deeper dive into individual lessons. It’s clear that this structure was though through and it payed off. This allowed the book to be strategic and not a crazy mess of information. I like the emphasis on not just being better for others but being better for ourselves. To prove to ourselves that we are more than we think. There are so many lessons that can be taken away from this book. I fully recommend that you discover them for yourself.

  9. 4 out of 5

    jpbrokerreads

    This was my 4th or 5th book I have read that written by a military personnel and I have really enjoyed them all. I have such respect for military men and women who sacrifice their lives to allow us to live ours. Their family members also deserve our respect as they are the ones who have to worry while their loved ones are away or grieve in their loss. . This book detailed some important lessons learned by the author during his time in the Navy. Each section of the book focus on a different strate This was my 4th or 5th book I have read that written by a military personnel and I have really enjoyed them all. I have such respect for military men and women who sacrifice their lives to allow us to live ours. Their family members also deserve our respect as they are the ones who have to worry while their loved ones are away or grieve in their loss. . This book detailed some important lessons learned by the author during his time in the Navy. Each section of the book focus on a different strategy. The author will start by telling a story from his experience in the Navy and then show how it relates to everyday business situations. . There was so much I took out of this book and I highly recommend it if you are a manager or work in a team. I learned some great tips from this book that I will definitely be implementing in my everyday life. This book resonated with me as a workplace team can be similar to a military team (obviously without the consequences). They have to make quick informed decisions that can have a major impact. This happens similarly in the workplace and you need to make sure your team is properly motivated, knows their roles and follows a process in order to execute a plan.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Megn

    When I was 16 I really wanted to be a Navy SEAL but found out they don't allow girls. I planned on joining the navy but never did. This book was part memoir and part motivational. I loved the stories and antidotes about time in the SEALS and working in the White House during the Bush and Obama administrations. What a wonderful compilation of short stories. In between the short stories about places served/stationed, Thank you by the way for your service. There is a huge motivational push to help When I was 16 I really wanted to be a Navy SEAL but found out they don't allow girls. I planned on joining the navy but never did. This book was part memoir and part motivational. I loved the stories and antidotes about time in the SEALS and working in the White House during the Bush and Obama administrations. What a wonderful compilation of short stories. In between the short stories about places served/stationed, Thank you by the way for your service. There is a huge motivational push to help you be the best person you can be. How to juggle business and your personal life. How to keep your loved ones sane while you are on active duty for your country while bombs are going off 20 feet away from you. How to work at the White House without knowing much about the policies but pulling everyone together for the greater good. I never knew the intense training that SEALS endured (aside from watching GI Jane) and solid program it is to make the best of the best. Great book which I'm going to recommend to everyone.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I received an ARC of this through Celadon’s partnership with Little Free Library stewards. This book was just ok. While in general I agreed with much of his leadership advice, I didn’t find anything terribly new or interesting in what he said. Many of the stories seemed self-congratulatory and a chance to toot his horn. Because it wasn’t a memoir, the stories at times were told in pieces as the different parts fit into points he was trying to make. I think the hardest part was cringing through the I received an ARC of this through Celadon’s partnership with Little Free Library stewards. This book was just ok. While in general I agreed with much of his leadership advice, I didn’t find anything terribly new or interesting in what he said. Many of the stories seemed self-congratulatory and a chance to toot his horn. Because it wasn’t a memoir, the stories at times were told in pieces as the different parts fit into points he was trying to make. I think the hardest part was cringing through the stories from Afghanistan and Iraq. While I am grateful for our service women and men, I feel conflicted about our involvement overseas, and some of the ways the author described decisions that he made in regards to civilians and locals there. I found myself rushing to be done with the book. I don’t think I was ultimately the right audience, as I could see others appreciating it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Negan88

    When I read the first look of this book I thought, “Wow! This sounds really interesting, and I would like to know more about Mike’s life!” I read the blurb and also saw it was listed as biographies and memoirs. So I figured it was going to mainly focus on Mike’s career as a SEAL. WRONG! This book was a complete disappointment! I do NOT read self help books or motivational books. Sure, this world needs more positivity. However, when you pick a book up thinking it is biographical or a memoir, and a When I read the first look of this book I thought, “Wow! This sounds really interesting, and I would like to know more about Mike’s life!” I read the blurb and also saw it was listed as biographies and memoirs. So I figured it was going to mainly focus on Mike’s career as a SEAL. WRONG! This book was a complete disappointment! I do NOT read self help books or motivational books. Sure, this world needs more positivity. However, when you pick a book up thinking it is biographical or a memoir, and are tricked I don’t feel that is quite right. With that said, I won’t be sharing this poor review across multiple platforms. I’m sure the book may be great if you are in a rough spot, and trying to improve on yourself. Nonetheless, it was not branded as such, and I felt duped into reading a book I was not interested in. I will only give Never Enough by Mike Hayes one star out of five. The blurb is absolutely misleading, the content is not as expected, and the genre category is incorrect. Also, the writing was simply alright. It was not very eloquent, and very simplex. It felt like reading a textbook. I will not be recommending this book to others.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Boyd Ferdinand

    It’s refreshing to read from someone who embodies the same principles and values you have. I always know I can grow more, evolve more, be better, and I loved reading about Mike’s past and his experiences and how those values have played out over his life. We can all learn something from him!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I really enjoyed reading this story of leadership stressing excellence, agility, and meaning. I especially liked the section on meaning. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to make a difference in other people's lives and the world. The stories of heroes and of tough decisions are inspiring. Mike Hayes has diverse experiences in the military as a SEAL, as a White House Fellow, and in private sector business. There is something for everyone. I did receive this copy from the publisher but thi I really enjoyed reading this story of leadership stressing excellence, agility, and meaning. I especially liked the section on meaning. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to make a difference in other people's lives and the world. The stories of heroes and of tough decisions are inspiring. Mike Hayes has diverse experiences in the military as a SEAL, as a White House Fellow, and in private sector business. There is something for everyone. I did receive this copy from the publisher but this is my opinion. My husband will be reading and enjoying this book as well. I keep reading him bits and pieces. He even had me tag a couple of sections for him to use with his team (He is a VP of Finance.)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Fink

    Thank you, Bookishfirst and Celadon Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Every wondered what it takes to get into one of the toughest branches in the military? This book has answered that question and so many more. And this story is more than just his experiences during his life fulfilling careers, but he gives us lessons he has learned from these experiences and how any of us, even us regular people, can learn to be better. Some of my favorite things about this book was the stori Thank you, Bookishfirst and Celadon Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Every wondered what it takes to get into one of the toughest branches in the military? This book has answered that question and so many more. And this story is more than just his experiences during his life fulfilling careers, but he gives us lessons he has learned from these experiences and how any of us, even us regular people, can learn to be better. Some of my favorite things about this book was the stories he shares of his career as a SEAL. That is what drew me to this book in the first place. I don’t normally read books like this but from the very beginning I knew this would be the exception. Not only the mind boggling, life changing, stories he shares but the way he executed sharing them. I thought that him being a SEAL would make this book hard to understand and to enjoy because I have nothing in common with him, but he wrote in a way that anyone can follow and learn from. He not only has wonderful skills in leadership but can write so well. Every word flowed together, and it was truly pleasing to read his words. I wouldn’t say this book it exactly a memoir but more of lessons you can learn. Every chapter is a new lesson to learn and each chapter is broken down into even more subtopics that help to achieve the main goal. At first, I thought that he had un-realistic expectations to tell people that they will never be enough. I thought his view would be a person has to be tough, show no weakness, work until they die, push and push until you wither away, but that was far from the truth. Yes, this book it called never enough and to some extent he is saying you are never enough, but not in the way I first thought. He explained that being Never Enough doesn’t mean we don’t have our limits, because all of us do and each of them are different, but instead explains that we can always improve our skills, we can always learn more, and try to take our mistakes we have made and learn from them. He teaches that we need to think of others before ourselves, and how we should think of ourselves and other, that even if in a position of power, we need to be flexible to let others take the lead too. I could truly go on and on with the lessons to be gleamed from this book. And all of these lessons have personal experiences to back them up. Some are happy, some are sad, but they all are inspiring. He has had the life experiences that 10 people combined couldn’t have in their whole lives for his half a life he has liven so far. I do recommend this book, because I think everyone can learn something, and the stories of his life are truly eye opening. I was hooked from page one and engaged the whole time. A true work of art, and well deserved.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    First I would like to say a HUGE thank you to CELADON books , Bookishfirst.com (for holding the raffle) and Mike Hayes for the ARC proof of this book. On bookishfirst this is labeled as a biography/memoir - which is correct - it is however also a motivating Self Help piece of art , bookshelf staple. THIS BOOK ! When I read the first few pages on bookishfirst to write my first review I was under the impression from what I read that these were war stories - which they are - but boy was I wrong . Th First I would like to say a HUGE thank you to CELADON books , Bookishfirst.com (for holding the raffle) and Mike Hayes for the ARC proof of this book. On bookishfirst this is labeled as a biography/memoir - which is correct - it is however also a motivating Self Help piece of art , bookshelf staple. THIS BOOK ! When I read the first few pages on bookishfirst to write my first review I was under the impression from what I read that these were war stories - which they are - but boy was I wrong . This is much more than a book about A mans service as a SEAL , its an uplifting lesson giver . It Teaches you about what Mike values are . But not just that how he has learned to be so mentally strong and physically capable awhile serving our county . I learned so much not only about Mike but about myself while reading this book . I learned a lot of valuable lessons , and words to help me do better ( I was about to say be , but dont be a Be-er be a Do-er ). This book made me reflect on my own life while learning a glimpse of what SEAL life was like . This book is SUPER motivational, Its moving . This book will make you Reflect on life , it will make you cry , laugh , and learn . It was super easy and face paced read , I did NOT want to put this down ; one I will re-read over and over again for a lifetime ! My favorite things from this book . "we can never be present enough , purposeful enough and thoughtful enough . Act with intent" "Don't be afraid to aim high and miss, but to aim low and hit" "moving to a hard path and failing -but learning - is still a better outcome than doing what's easy" "challenge yourself and do not limit your ambition" "the day you stop improving is the day you stop being excellent" "realize there is more growth ahead" "all we have on every topic is varied levels of ignorance . No one has it all figured out" "everyone is motivated by different things" the list goes on .... To sum it up , GO BUY THIS BOOK . If you are interested in moments in this mans life as a SEAL , what it takes , what it took , what he conquered , grew , learned , failed , succeeded - How he built Strong relationships with peers and overall keep striving to be his best , BUY THIS BOOK . If you need an extra pick me up and to be reminded that life is worth living and that you are worth it and how to daily remind yourself of that , Read this book . If you are stuck in a rut -Or just need a good read this book is for you . Thank you again CELADON books for the ARC

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sara Weather

    The Good Already, it has made me come at certain situations differently. My favorite chapter was when it got to meaning because it hit me the most. Ideas found interesting= Being committed to old traditions is a negative when it is going against what would get the best results. Creating a environment where the “lowest” member can do the job of the “highest” member. Is the punishment being dulled out about ego instead of creating room for actual change? The Bad Repetitive- many points felt like they wer The Good Already, it has made me come at certain situations differently. My favorite chapter was when it got to meaning because it hit me the most. Ideas found interesting= Being committed to old traditions is a negative when it is going against what would get the best results. Creating a environment where the “lowest” member can do the job of the “highest” member. Is the punishment being dulled out about ego instead of creating room for actual change? The Bad Repetitive- many points felt like they were getting repeated. Are the ideals revolutionary enough? Are the ideals explained thoroughly enough? Is there enough depth given to some of the ideals? Is it full of right answers and not messy enough? Things got a bit (a lot) ugh when it got into some moments about military work done on Afghanistan… The Meh It is very military centric- that is not my bag generally. Is promoting big business>self. Most of Never Enough is ideals is based around the military so it is understandable why this is focused the way it is in terms of collective over individual. Good= ideally wise it is something that needs to implemented more the collective working to benefit the collective. In general pushing for the betterment of everyone is a good sentiment. Bad= this ideal of family/community/etc over individual does not work because businesses care for the money and select few/one over everyone while putting façade of being for everyone. Putting logic over emotion. Good= there is this aspect of emotion getting in the way of handling issues. Bad= makes sense for a business/military because there is a bottom line sacrifice aspect to both that is messy. One of my thoughts reading this is there is a emotion crisis so to speak- we are pushed constantly to move like robots without addressing our emotional needs. Choosing the hard path= this turned me off at first because I think it can feed into to this bad ideology that if you are not practically taking yourself out to overachieve so that your life as a being can be seen as meaningful that your life is without meaningless. Many people do not work hard their hardest, put their emotional health in jeopardy, or put collectives/big business over themselves because they are seen as disposable. Self-help can feel braggy? Maybe this connects to the it is not messy enough thing. I received this from Celadon Books in exchange for my review

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katie Hargrave

    Before I give my review, I would like to say that I did get this book for free though Bookish first. I recommend this sight for all kinds of book. It really cost nothing to get a free book. This is what I really think of the book. I would have gladly payed for this book, and to be honest, I will probably be gifting copies of this to people I know. This is a copy and past of my review on their web-sight. I wish I could have been able to join the SEALs but I know that even if I didn't have heart p Before I give my review, I would like to say that I did get this book for free though Bookish first. I recommend this sight for all kinds of book. It really cost nothing to get a free book. This is what I really think of the book. I would have gladly payed for this book, and to be honest, I will probably be gifting copies of this to people I know. This is a copy and past of my review on their web-sight. I wish I could have been able to join the SEALs but I know that even if I didn't have heart problem I don't think I could have. This book does tell about what it's like to be in the SEAL but also how to have a mindset of one. It goes over simple ways everyone can have that push, the drive to keep going, getting better while being humble and taking care of our health. I believe anyone can read this and learn to be better in whatever they want. I could even see people who don't know what they want to do with there lives yet. My book is full of highlights of things that really stuck out to me or I feel could really help me or others. He also follows these lessons with stories he lived to show how he learned them or how the lesson effected him. It is an over all inspiring story about brave men and women both in the SEAL and not. We can all be better but we will never be perfect. That is why we will never ne enough. But that's the fun of the challenge right? If you don't like a challenge then this book is still good as a guide or some good advise. I wish I could have been able to join the SEALs but I know that even if I didn't have heart problem I don't think I could have. This book does tell about what it's like to be in the SEAL but also how to have a mindset of one. It goes over simple ways everyone can have that push, the drive to keep going, getting better while being humble and taking care of our health. I believe anyone can read this and learn to be better in whatever they want. I could even see people who don't know what they want to do with there lives yet. My book is full of highlights of things that really stuck out to me or I feel could really help me or others. He also follows these lessons with stories he lived to show how he learned them or how the lesson effected him. It is an over all inspiring story about brave men and women both in the SEAL and not. We can all be better but we will never be perfect. That is why we will never ne enough. But that's the fun of the challenge right? If you don't like a challenge then this book is still good as a guide or some good advise.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Bobin

    Every leader or anyone interested in leadership should read this and learn. Having a career as a Navy SEAL, working in the White House during that time, the challenges of wartime service in some of the most dangerous places, provides the background for excellent leadership development. Successful leadership in a changing world mean that you can never be satisfied with who you are or what you know. It is never enough! There is always room for improvement or looking for a new or better way to acco Every leader or anyone interested in leadership should read this and learn. Having a career as a Navy SEAL, working in the White House during that time, the challenges of wartime service in some of the most dangerous places, provides the background for excellent leadership development. Successful leadership in a changing world mean that you can never be satisfied with who you are or what you know. It is never enough! There is always room for improvement or looking for a new or better way to accomplish a task. Great leadership is not just about being a great leader but developing others and their skill whether you are their superior or subordinate. The key is how you treat people, encouraging them to be better while holding them accountable for their actions and the impact it has on others. Working for the greater good of the community is the key. Using simple outlines of methods with life stories as illustrations there is a good balance to learn from someone who has been a successful leader in the military, business and government. There is the challenge to be the best while putting the wellbeing of others before yourself. That helps drive others to be the best they can be as well. This is not only a great read for leaders but for those that feel that they want to be better at life. After all we are all called to be a leader, often without a title that goes with it. That lesson comes through clear here as well. I received an advance copy of this from the publisher for review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Wise

    I have read a lot of books about leadership, many be ex-military service members. None of them are as good as Never Enough. Mike Hayes has written what should be the Bible of leadership. His ideas are clear and concise and he provides anecdotal proof that his methods work. While this book is ostensibly about leadership, it's actually about living your life to the fullest in service of others. I took so many things from this book. It not only provides a framework for leadership, it provides a fra I have read a lot of books about leadership, many be ex-military service members. None of them are as good as Never Enough. Mike Hayes has written what should be the Bible of leadership. His ideas are clear and concise and he provides anecdotal proof that his methods work. While this book is ostensibly about leadership, it's actually about living your life to the fullest in service of others. I took so many things from this book. It not only provides a framework for leadership, it provides a framework for life. His background as a SEAL provides entertaining, often sad, examples of his philosophy-like holding a Captain's Mast in the field for a SEAL who did something wrong that could have, but didn't, cost lives. Hayes gave the sailor the option to choose his punishment. He didn't yell and demean, he had a conversation that made that man a better Seal and a better person. And isn't that what leadership is all about? Make people better. We have gotten so used to a culture of "winning" and that leaders yell and demean to get what they want, we sometimes forget that people are people and they need some humanity as well. As I said, you do not have to be in a position of authority of leadership to take strong lessons from this book. This book will change how I deal with my students and how I deal with others, in my professional and personal lives. Thanks to bookishfirst and celadon books for the advance copy. I received no compensation in exchange for this review and the opinions expressed herein are mine alone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kea4

    I enjoyed this book at times. Reading about Mike’s SEAL training moments gave a nice inside look into an area I did not know a lot about. The examples of the SEAL training all I can say is wow. I mean if he can swim in cold water for hours on end you can ask for a raise at work. So it’s a can-do attitude that’s for sure. I do wish he would have mentioned other famous former SEALS and not just Dan Crenshaw. I did have two issues with this book. On page 189/190 it’s mention that both Chris and Bo wer I enjoyed this book at times. Reading about Mike’s SEAL training moments gave a nice inside look into an area I did not know a lot about. The examples of the SEAL training all I can say is wow. I mean if he can swim in cold water for hours on end you can ask for a raise at work. So it’s a can-do attitude that’s for sure. I do wish he would have mentioned other famous former SEALS and not just Dan Crenshaw. I did have two issues with this book. On page 189/190 it’s mention that both Chris and Bo were injured. We the reader are told what happened to Chris but never Bo. I don’t know if this was an over site but just something I wanted to point out. Now on page 134, Mike criticizes a soldier for smuggling his dog out of a combat zone. It’s stated that the soldier thought of himself instead of the team. While that maybe true the other teachable moment is missing from this example. Either to make sure that a soldier can easily and legally get their beloved dogs (or cats) out so they don’t have to try and smuggled them out. Or you should have pushed that the military to ease up on that rule. These men and women put their life on the line. If the soldier wants something as simple as his or her dog let them. If that helps them survive so be it. Other than that it was an interesting read. https://theworldisabookandiamitsreade...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    Many thanks to Celadon for the ARC of this book! The title of Never Enough did not stir optimism in me, but Hayes managed to give that phrase an optimistic bent. He uses "Never Enough" not as an admonition but as a matter of awareness that a person can always strive more. One of the more common foibles of the self-help/memoir genre tends to be cookie cutter recommendations based on a limited scope with a sprinkling of cliché and over-used tripe advice. Hayes skirts this all by actually providing Many thanks to Celadon for the ARC of this book! The title of Never Enough did not stir optimism in me, but Hayes managed to give that phrase an optimistic bent. He uses "Never Enough" not as an admonition but as a matter of awareness that a person can always strive more. One of the more common foibles of the self-help/memoir genre tends to be cookie cutter recommendations based on a limited scope with a sprinkling of cliché and over-used tripe advice. Hayes skirts this all by actually providing examples for all of his pithy phrases, and they are examples from his experience in active combat, politics, business, and managing those in active combat. He makes it obvious he knows what he is talking about, but he also pulls no punches in the aspect of 'there is not always one best solution and what worked for me may not work for you'. I appreciated the realism and consistent emphasis Hayes puts on doing the work and going the extra mile. His focus throughout the book drives home his message of community over self. The SEAL motto of team, teammate, self echoes in each and every one of his chapters. Overall, this was an interesting perspective on accomplishing tasks in any field and an added viewpoint I found useful as it varies so greatly from my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Arredondo

    Never Enough: A Navy Seal Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility, and Meaning is not a typical book I attempt to peruse but I also think it's what made for a nice surprise when I was given the opportunity to read it. I am always intrigued by the books that intimidate me. The title alone had me a little apprehensive. What I discovered was a dynamic book on leadership, taking ownership of our own lives, dealing with every situation as it comes, and incorporating the strength and confide Never Enough: A Navy Seal Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility, and Meaning is not a typical book I attempt to peruse but I also think it's what made for a nice surprise when I was given the opportunity to read it. I am always intrigued by the books that intimidate me. The title alone had me a little apprehensive. What I discovered was a dynamic book on leadership, taking ownership of our own lives, dealing with every situation as it comes, and incorporating the strength and confidence to make the choices that require a decision. As he title says...living a life of excellence, agility, and meaning. It's an interesting take on self help written as a memoir. I mean who better to give life advice on leadership than a Navy Seal Commander, someone who has faced some pretty dangerous situations and challenges. His training alone is the stuff of nightmares for stagnant people like me that wants to be more and do more in life. How could I not be inspired by Mike Hayes that has faced all he has faced and done it with such strength and purpose. It's a solid read. I'm glad to have gotten through it. Thanks to the wonderful people at Celadon and to Author Mike Hayes for my copy of this book. I received. I read. I reviewed this book honestly and voluntarily.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kim Bakos

    I'd have given this four stars if it included more of his experiences since I enjoy memoirs much more than inspirational, leadership books. He certainly has had an illustrious career path, from the SEALS to the White House. When I worked in corporate America, we had regular leadership book studies, and I can see that this would be a great book for that type of setting. I was SO tired of reading John Maxwell books over and over. In the last of the three sections of the book, he really speaks of an I'd have given this four stars if it included more of his experiences since I enjoy memoirs much more than inspirational, leadership books. He certainly has had an illustrious career path, from the SEALS to the White House. When I worked in corporate America, we had regular leadership book studies, and I can see that this would be a great book for that type of setting. I was SO tired of reading John Maxwell books over and over. In the last of the three sections of the book, he really speaks of and exemplifies servant leadership. He always tried to build up those of lower-ranking, instead of trying to impress those who were above him. However, this is exactly what got the attention and approval of his higher-ups, rather than the "brown-nosing" that is so common. I do take issue with one idea in his book. He says you have to believe in something, but what that something is doesn't matter. There just needs to be a belief that supports you, gives your life meaning, and guides you. He is a Christian and speaks a few times about that faith. As a fellow Christian, I do think it matters what/Who you put your faith in - you have a personal relationship with God, or simply follow any number of other gods.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ani

    Never Enough by Mike Hayes, former commander of Navy SEAL team TWO, White House Fellow and former Director of Defense Policy and Strategy at the National Security council, chronicles his unique experiences and leadership advice. With careers and experiences ranging from being held at gun point and jumping out of a building to handling the fallout of the death teammate and leading meetings in the White House, Hayes as seen most of it. This book includes stories of these unique experiences, but is Never Enough by Mike Hayes, former commander of Navy SEAL team TWO, White House Fellow and former Director of Defense Policy and Strategy at the National Security council, chronicles his unique experiences and leadership advice. With careers and experiences ranging from being held at gun point and jumping out of a building to handling the fallout of the death teammate and leading meetings in the White House, Hayes as seen most of it. This book includes stories of these unique experiences, but is mainly focused on sharing the life and leadership lessons he has learned. Centered around the idea that we can never be enough, meaning that we can always learn more, do more, and be more Hayes prompts us to push ourselves. By breaking it up by being never excellent enough, never agile enough, and never meaningful enough these areas have three mini lessons within each making each of these seem achievable and possible. Hayes illustrates each key lesson with a personal life example giving substance to theory. These lessons can be applied in any job situation or career and are highly relatable. One the draw backs of this book was that it was very focus on military examples for these lessons. It might have been nice if some of the more office career moments of his career were used to illustrate these lessons because those can be more relatable to a wider audience. Nevertheless this book was full of good meaningful advice and I enjoyed reading it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I was pleasantly surprised to receive this ARC from Celadon Books in exchange for an honest review. I have read many self-help books, but nothing quite like this. Mike Hayes shares his ideas and experience on his critical elements of excellence, agility, and meaning in life, with added real-life (sometimes life and death) examples of his time as a Navy SEAL, a White House Fellow, and an executive at high-powered businesses. Mr. Hayes writes with integrity, sincerity, and intelligence and clearly I was pleasantly surprised to receive this ARC from Celadon Books in exchange for an honest review. I have read many self-help books, but nothing quite like this. Mike Hayes shares his ideas and experience on his critical elements of excellence, agility, and meaning in life, with added real-life (sometimes life and death) examples of his time as a Navy SEAL, a White House Fellow, and an executive at high-powered businesses. Mr. Hayes writes with integrity, sincerity, and intelligence and clearly addresses ways to be a better leader, a better teammate, and a better individual. There are several true and candid life stories he conveys that brought tears to my eyes as well as much respect for his service. His book can be applied to work life and home life with ideas of striving to do better, helping others, and bringing positive change to our lives and the world. In other words, we can make every day greater by being “Never Enough”. First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Hayes for his service. Secondly, I recommend this book for those interested in self-improvement as defined by military experiences and applying them in an individual and team environment. Well done!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Mudd

    This is a book written to appeal to anyone who wants to find greater meaning in life. Written by a former Navy SEAL Commander, whose experiences inform his point of view and method of operating, by no means is it reserved for those who love the military and are attracted to extreme stories of warrior feats of daring-do. It is a book that stresses the importance of identifying your core values and putting them to work in service of others to accomplish goals that you value as being meaningful. It This is a book written to appeal to anyone who wants to find greater meaning in life. Written by a former Navy SEAL Commander, whose experiences inform his point of view and method of operating, by no means is it reserved for those who love the military and are attracted to extreme stories of warrior feats of daring-do. It is a book that stresses the importance of identifying your core values and putting them to work in service of others to accomplish goals that you value as being meaningful. It is about cultivating the habits of excellence in moral leadership that are inclusive and inspire trust, value creativity and produce agility. It is about constantly seeking improvement and abandoning defeatist complacency and the need for ego-driven recognition. The book is written in a very accessible style. It encourages readers to overcome their fears of failure and to welcome and embrace challenges, even if they are very hard. I found it motivational, and relevant for a broad age group, starting with teens.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    - Valuable Lessons From a Different Perspective - At first look, this book caught my eye as an inspirational debut told from a perspective very much unlike my own. This book serves as a collection of stories from a former navy seal, each story serving a point or concept of valuable lessons learned in the field. Working in the public sector of Information Technology myself, I wanted to give this one a read to offer a fresh perspective that would also be applicable to my line of work: risk, governa - Valuable Lessons From a Different Perspective - At first look, this book caught my eye as an inspirational debut told from a perspective very much unlike my own. This book serves as a collection of stories from a former navy seal, each story serving a point or concept of valuable lessons learned in the field. Working in the public sector of Information Technology myself, I wanted to give this one a read to offer a fresh perspective that would also be applicable to my line of work: risk, governance, and civility. As part of my position in the public sector, my job is considered a public service, with each agency being potential "customers". Security and governance principles can be applied to the IT field when it comes down to establishing policies, procedures, and building/maintenance of infrastructure. That being said, it brings to light a combination of stories and guiding principles that hold lessons to be learned that everyone can apply in their daily lives to be better and strive for more.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    If you’re looking for your next read, consider Never Enough by Mike Hayes As a Navy veteran, I have a special love for so many of the books I’ve read by former SEALs. Their mission readiness, operational savvy and ability to quickly ascertain a situation and act, as well as their leadership and brotherhood always stand out for me as those are qualities where my own never enough comes into play. I appreciated that Mike’s integrity and humility lead him so often and his faith and servant leadershi If you’re looking for your next read, consider Never Enough by Mike Hayes As a Navy veteran, I have a special love for so many of the books I’ve read by former SEALs. Their mission readiness, operational savvy and ability to quickly ascertain a situation and act, as well as their leadership and brotherhood always stand out for me as those are qualities where my own never enough comes into play. I appreciated that Mike’s integrity and humility lead him so often and his faith and servant leadership continue to serve him and others even today. We may never know the full impact we are having on the lives of others, but so many of his stories shared in this book do have those moments where the difference he made and continues to make are evident. Thank you, Mike, for sharing your experiences and reminding us that never enough doesn’t have to have a negative connotation when it comes to always growing ourselves in service to others. #leadership #usnavy #veteran #leadershipbyexample #leadershipdevelopment #neverenough

  30. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Casale

    I am not usually a fan of military memoirs. I find most of them to be self-aggrandizing and a way to make a buck out of what’s supposed to be an act of humble service. However, I greatly enjoyed Commander Hayes’ book. As a fellow Holy Cross and Holy Cross NROTC grad, I’ve had the privilege of hearing Commander Hayes speak twice. In both instances, he spoke extensively on the same principles he advocates for in this book. While lots of SEAL books feel like an ego contest, Hayes genuinely comes ac I am not usually a fan of military memoirs. I find most of them to be self-aggrandizing and a way to make a buck out of what’s supposed to be an act of humble service. However, I greatly enjoyed Commander Hayes’ book. As a fellow Holy Cross and Holy Cross NROTC grad, I’ve had the privilege of hearing Commander Hayes speak twice. In both instances, he spoke extensively on the same principles he advocates for in this book. While lots of SEAL books feel like an ego contest, Hayes genuinely comes across as a humble public servant who strives to live a life for others. You can feel those Jesuit values woven into each sentence, as he lays out his career and the choices he’s made. As an HC alum and a Sailor, it was moving to see the values of the two institutions that my young adult life have revolved around so eloquently applied across an incredible career. Commander Hayes has clearly accomplished a great deal so far and I imagine will go on to do even more. We should count ourselves lucky that there are people like Hayes living lives for others.

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