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A highly decorated Navy SEAL shares stories of his years of combat experience in Afghanistan, providing leadership insights that will shift your view of yourself and provoke life-altering change.
Before leaving for combat in Afghanistan, Navy SEAL Thom Shea promised his wife that he would write to his children in case he didn't make it back. What was initially intended to be a private memoir for his family turned into a powerful set of lessons for anyone striving to perform beyond what they believe possible. Shea's stories, while action-packed and entertaining, provide incredible insights on leadership, family, and excellence.
In UNBREAKABLE, Shea teaches readers how to achieve and maintain a strong internal dialogue through no matter what the task. Read this book, and transform your life.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Thom Shea served 23 years with distinguished Valor as a Navy SEAL. During his military career he served in three wars, ultimately leading a team of Navy SEALs into Afghanistan in 2009 where he earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Army Commendation with Valor and his second Combat Action Medal. Shea is also the CEO of Adamantine Alliance, a leadership and human performance coaching organization. He now resides in Greenville, South Carolina, with his wife Stacy and three children.
Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
Foreword Stacy Shea 3
Part 1 Unbreakable 7
1 My Letter 9
2 Growth 47
3 Movement 68
4 The Spartan Wife Connection 81
Part 2 Your Muscles 95
5 Words 97
6 Pain 132
7 Appetite 146
Part 3 Your Organs 171
8 Insatiable 173
9 Exhaustion 198
10 Clarity 241
Part 4 Your Life 261
11 Now 263
12 Future 278
13 Past 284
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a powerful little book! Thom, in his final deployment to Afghanistan as a Seal Team CPO and his wife, Stacy, (two remarkable people,) join in an intense mission to leave the very essence of Thom's being to their three children by way of his writings in case he should happen to not come back. The result is a compelling glimpse into what goes into excelling in human performance. It contains lessons that have broad application for anyone in any situation. Worthy insights into topics such as: love, parenting, leadership, teamwork, relationships and achieving excellence make this far more than just another book about war. This is a spellbinding read and an expert reference work on principles leading to survival and success.
Enjoyed very much.
An Essential Trove! I was privileged to receive a copy of “Unbreakable: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life” for the purpose of this review. Essential bordering on vital, the title fulfills its promise of providing insight into the process of cultivating a mental state that allows building up some of our most effective special operators. Highly decorated Naval Special Warfare veteran Thom Shea, in assembling a set of motivational lessons and memoirs for his children, has produced a handbook for the mastery of what he terms Internal Dialogue. He richly illustrates applicability of each precept through relating portions of his own war story. His writing style reflects its source. In the no-nonsense cadence of a seasoned instructor, Shea lays out the framework of an Unbreakable mind and sets each component with enough validating mortar to grant his theories a universal relevance. Anyone with more life experience behind them than before them will recognize and appreciate the wisdom herein; anyone on the upslope of a life will find applying Chief Shea’s adamantine philosophy worthwhile, interconnecting, and even transformative. I am glad I encountered “Unbreakable.” It is a philosophy of excellence, self-control, and commitment to individual responsibility. If only it were adopted without fail, the result in each adherent would be a quality of character in whom tares of social exploitation—the soft bigotry of low expectations, dependence, and fearmongering—would find no place to sink their barbs. I highly recommend this title, and rate it five stars on merit. It is the writing of a warrior and a teacher, not a wordsmith. It necessarily is a book about Thom Shea: his story, and how he got there and back again. Regardless, everyone, especially those responsible for producing the generation that will follow our own, should absorb and apply the treasure of deliberate thinking that is the bounty of this book
I was lucky enough to come across this book in Barnes and Noble about a month ago. For me to read a book i have to feel a strong connection to it . Thom Shea does a great job keeping the readers attention. I loved his use of Internal Dialogue and how Stacy, his "Spartan Wife", helps him control it. He finds out a lot about his Internal Dialogue while doing “adventure races”. These adventure races cover hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles in the hot desert sun that test you not only physically, but mentally. Hence the connection to Thom’s Internal Dialogue. Thom does an excellent job showing his emotions in words. This book is very unique in the sense that its just a normal war veteran publishing his journal that he wrote for the sole purpose that if he were to die at war, his Spartan wife and three kids would have something to look back on and have a better understanding of what he went through. That is one of the main reasons that this book is easy to relate to. This is a very strong and powerful book that provides insight into the struggles and hardships of being a Navy SEAL and a father away from home. You can take away a lot of moral values from this book such as: leadership, perseverance, to have integrity, and the pursuit of excellence. This book doesn't teach you about war or being a Navy SEAL. This book teaches you about life. There is so much to gain from reading Unbreakable: A Navy SEAL'S Way of Life, i would highly recommend this book.