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Book review of “Never Enough: A Navy SEAL Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility, and Meaning” by Mike Hayes. Hayes is a former Commander of SEAL Team TWO where he led a two thousand–person Special Operations Task Force in Southeastern Afghanistan. His military decorations include the Bronze Star for valor in combat in Iraq, a Bronze Star for Afghanistan, and the Defense Superior Service Medal from the White House.

In the publisher words, “A valuable read that I strongly recommend to anyone looking to live a more extraordinary life.”.

Here’s a partial list of the ideas discussed by Hayes.

  • Never Excellent Enough
  • Never Agile Enough
  • Never Meaningful Enough
  • Live with Incredible Confidence and Extreme Humility
  • Learn How to Think, Not What to Think
  • Gain Authority by Giving It Away
  • Doing hard things is not the same as doing risky things
  • The hardest thing is sticking to your values and beliefs
  • We are who we are at our worst
  • Community comes first
  • Assume everything you do ends up on the front page of the newspaper
  • The more I hurt, the less my teammates hurt
  • Succeed at your assigned mission, not the mission you want
  • Bring your values to bear in very decision you make
  • Give yourself space to think about what not to do
  • No matter what you believe, believe in something

Throughout the book, Hayes discusses how he has always strived to be better, to contribute more, and to put others first.

My fellow DBA colleagues, this book will help you build confidence in your personal and professional lives. I give the book “Never Enough: A Navy SEAL Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility, and Meaning” by Mike Hayes, a thumbs up. Right?

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