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The Mission, The Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

    Pete Blabber talks about his personal life┬┐s lesson while operat

    Pete Blabber talks about his personal life’s lesson while operating in Delta Force, which is the most elite military organization in the world. His experiences and motivation pushed him into situations that made him smarter, more resilient and the type of leader whom people respect and seek guidance from. These lessons demonstrated to the reader that competence and leadership are achieved through personal experience, education, and the internal motivation towards excellence. The author Pete Blabber set the introduction during the initial invasion into Iraq in 2003. He is a professional Soldier and loves his job. This operation puts him in a volatile environment where almost every situation is a life or death decision. He is a warrior, proud of who he is and what he stands for. Pete places the reader back in time and began with where he was raised. He was fortunate enough to learn, grow and thrive under two loving parents and a very large family. Pete then progresses us forward chronologically explaining the driving forces which got him where he is now by explaining his significant lessons of life. There were many events in Pete’s life that changed his behavior and thought process. His motivation towards excellence enabled him to gain the confidence from his siblings to accomplish tasks they could not complete themselves. This motivation continued to nurture his abilities to think, learn and adapt to different situations helping him provide leadership to his friends and peers. Although Pete had these abilities, his maturity level had not yet given him a direction in life and still made mistakes. His errors continued to improve his ability to make the right decision and eliminate, “such chowderheaded decisions” The author’s personal military history addiction during college provided him his epiphany, which gave him direction and purpose. His internal calling to serve his country guided him to the decision of joining the Army, “to become an Officer in Delta Force” Pete’s decision will give him the opportunity to lead Soldiers and make the best decisions possible, while protecting Soldiers and the people that surrounded them. His self-education on military history introduced him to Veterans that he could draw knowledge and personal views. These interactions taught him that no matter what, he should focus on “the mission, the men, and me” This single phrase will assist him in making decisions in the best interest of everyone for the rest of his life. The story continued to provide insight on how a professional inside a profession can continue to learn and thrive. Pete immersed you into many military operations and continued to explain many lessons and insight from his perspective. He furthered to grow and excel within his environment taking the fight to his enemy by learning from his mistakes and making his opponent pay for their mistakes. Many people drift through life trying to figure out what they want to do. Pete showed us everyone can excel. Everyone must be resilient, dedicated, and never quit on their self improvement cycle. Achieving success can only be done by reflecting on personal experiences, continued education, maintaining motivation, and trusting your leaders, peers, subordinates, family, and friends to assist you in making the right decisions. If every individual can utilize all the assets available to them, they can improve themselves, their environment and achieve any goals that are set for themselves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2011

    Valuable Leadership Information

    Information that can be readily applied to Leadership in any venue. If you are a leader of people, it provides basic, really practical guidelines that you can use. This is not just for the military; it is for people in charge.

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  • Posted November 17, 2010

    Excellent

    Appropriate for business, warfare, as well as your personal life, Pete Blaber shares the principles for sucess that he learned as comander of the world's most elite counterterrorist team: Delta Force.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Insight to the warrior

    This is a great book to understand some of the insight of how men move beyond the ordinary and do extra ordinary things.

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

    A decent book for fans of military history

    I'm somewhat biased towards military history, so I probably gave this higher marks than an average person would. Still, I thought it was absorbing and well-written. Once I started, I found it hard to put down. The one minor complaint I had was about the whole theme of the book: it seemed like the author couldn't decide whether he was writing an autobiography or a book on leadership. The book had some leadership lessons in it, but also a lot of other material that wasn't entirely relevant. Pete Blaber's book would be a lot more focused if he had modeled it after Dick Marcinko's "Leadership Secrets of the Rogue Warrior".

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