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CHAPTER 3

Owning Your State of Mind: The First Strike Mindset

When your opponent is hurrying recklessly, you must act contrarily and keep calm. You must not be influenced by the opponent.

MIYAMOTO MUSASHI

After 9/11, every SEAL I know was racing to the front to get to Afghanistan. When the attack happened, I was at BUD/S training as the officer in charge of the final phase of training. We were out in the desert training the students in weapons shooting and tactics. In the compound on the top of the hill, we have a kitchen and satellite TV. I walked into a room full of SEALs about a minute before the second plane hit the World Trade Center. We ...

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