Walking in Mud: A Navy SEAL's 10 Rules for Surviving the New Normal

Walking in Mud: A Navy SEAL's 10 Rules for Surviving the New Normal

Walking in Mud: A Navy SEAL's 10 Rules for Surviving the New Normal

Walking in Mud: A Navy SEAL's 10 Rules for Surviving the New Normal


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Drawing on his more than two decades as a Navy SEAL, Steve Giblin uses his own experiences to offer wisdom and counsel on how to cope with the new normal imposed by COVID-19.

During his first few weeks as a Navy SEAL, Steve Giblin found a simple, typewritten document left behind in an old desk drawer by the Team commanding officer, entitled “THE TEN ESSENTIAL QUALITIES OF AN UNDERWATER DEMOLITION MAN.”

That single page, and the maxims it contained, followed Steve wherever he was based during his twenty-six-year career with the SEALs—fourteen of those as part of the legendary strike force that took down Osama bin Laden. Steve still lives by those tenets today, coming to realize how it laid out a regimen not just for elite warriors, but also for the rest of us in our day-to-day lives.

Now Steve has applied them to this post-COVID-19 world we find ourselves living in, a new normal that will test both our resolve and our psyches as we’re challenged as we’ve never been before. Applying his own experiences as a Navy SEAL to these everyday rigors, Steve provides a prescription for both healing and thriving, a guide map to get to the other side better and stronger than we were at the beginning of a journey none of us signed up for.

We’re all walking in mud; thankfully, this book offers the best and surest strategy to lift ourselves from it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781637580646
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 12/07/2021
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,124,238
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Navy SEAL Steve Giblin joined the Navy in 1981 at the age of seventeen for a four-year hitch that turned into a twenty-eight-year odyssey. His tenure included over two dozen overseas deployments as an operator for contingencies and named operations within the U.S. Special Operations Forces, namely Naval Special Warfare and Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He rose to the level of chief, assault team chief, and command master chief within the teams and then went on to work for Naval Special Warfare Command for nine more years as a contractor and civil servant before retiring in 2018. He now lives in upstate New York with his wife Barbara.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Introduction xvi

Prologue: My Time in the Teams 1


Chapter 1 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: An Epidemic in Its Own Right 19

Chapter 2 Walking in Mud-Literally 35


Chapter 3 The Bitter End 47


Chapter 4 The Standard We Hold Ourselves To 61


Chapter 5 BUD/S for Beginners 75


Chapter 6 American Grit 87


Chapter 7 Defining Character 103


Chapter 8 Women Who Serve 121

Chapter 9 Warrior Spouses 135


Chapter 10 Circling the Wagons 145


Chapter 11 Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 161

Common Sense

Chapter 12 Tasks, Conditions, and Standards 173

Conclusion: Frogman Rules 187

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