Monday motivation: Take ownership of your life


Do you find yourself stuck? Have you messed up so badly that you feel as though there is no going back? Are you the leader of a team that seems to be going nowhere fast?

Then John “Jocko” Willink has some words for you.

Willink is a retired United States Navy Seal, podcaster and best-selling author of the leadership manual Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win which he co-authored with Seal team-mate Leif Babin.

In the clip below, Willink shares a story of where an operation under his leadership went horribly wrong, resulting in the death of one soldier and injury to a few others. Or watch the full TEDTalk here.

How do you come back from a mistake that huge? You take ownership of the mistake.

This Monday, own your life, own your mistakes, own your shortcomings and own the solutions.

Some quotes from Extreme Ownership:

“It’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate.”

“Implementing Extreme Ownership requires checking your ego and operating with a high degree of humility. Admitting mistakes, taking ownership, and developing a plan to overcome challenges are integral to any successful team.”

“Discipline equals freedom.”

“Extreme Ownership. Leaders must own everything in their world. There is no one else to blame.”