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Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart Friedman

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Eric Greitens

Hold Yourself Accountable, Apply All Your Resources, Focus on Results

Eric Greitens knew that he would awake to chaos—blanks firing at 550 rounds per minute, artillery simulators exploding, sirens blaring. It was the beginning of Hell Week: seven days and nights of almost continuously stressful training. Greitens had told the six men in his boat crew to sleep fully dressed, with their boots on. Their plan was to crawl under the side of the tent and run, and run they did—right past a group of instructors shooting another crew with a fire hose as they did push-ups.

“Drop down!” yelled the instructors, but Greitens and his men kept running, taking advantage of the chaos to run off the beach and hide behind a Dumpster while the ...

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