Book Category: Leadership, Motivational,

The Navy SEAL Art of War: Leadership Lessons from the World’s Most Elite Fighting Force (book summary)

Author: Rob Roy, Chris Lawson,
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pros: Powerful tips, strong writing, motivational
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Roy shares leadership lessons from his twenty years as a Navy SEAL. This book is packed with lots of powerful leadership tips and insight.


  • Bad stuff usually happens because lack of preparation and action
  • You must be fast, but only fast enough to be effective.
  • Don’t be fearful. Be fearless.
  • Observe. Orient. Decide. Act.
  • The two most powerful warriors: patience and time.
  • Every great leader delivers: Inspiration, Direction, Guidance, and Hope
  • The best thing about pain is that it lets you know you aren’t dead yet


  • Stop feeling sorry for yourself in any situation
  • Don’t be rudderless
  • Don’t put limits on yourself
  • Stop looking at the finish line and run the race
  • Remember the difference between pain (quitting early) and injury (a true handicap)
  • Trust your inner voice more
  • Remember Dienekes quote about positivity: “Good, then we shall have our battle in the shade.”


“Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting.” – Master Sun Tzu

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – General George S. Patton

“Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it.” – David Ogilvy

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” – Ferdinand Foch 
“If you don’t know where you are going, any road can take you there.” – Lewis Carroll

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