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.”