Book Review: Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

“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.”

Jocko Willink, Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win


For starters, if you’ve never heard of Jocko Willink or Leif Babin they are two of the most bad-ass guys you will come across. They are Navy Seals and amazing entrepreneurs. Jocko and Leif head Echelon Front, a leadership training company. In Extreme Ownership, they use both stories from the battlefield and the conference room to teach the reader how to become a great leader and build an effective team.


Each section of this book is broken up into three different parts, Combat experience, principle, and business application. I love how they separate the sections out into these three parts. First, because I’ve always been fascinated to hear about what brave men and women like Jocko and Leif experience during war. They are not just sharing war stories though. They give the reader more relatable examples as well.  Breaking these sections up into three parts also allows the reader to get a deep understanding of what is being taught.


This book has allowed me to take a step back and reflect on the things I do well and most importantly not run away from the things I need to get better at. It is so easy to look past our weaknesses and act like we are the next best thing since sliced bread but the only way you become that next best thing is if you take ownership over what you can improve on. Not just ownership but EXTREME ownership.


Extreme Ownership is one of the best books I have ever read. Jocko Willink and Leif Babin show the reader how to take extreme ownership over their own actions and the actions of the people around them. They teach the reader that the only way to win is to develop discipline and take extreme ownership in every aspect of their life.


Blue skies and tailwinds,

Sierra (AKA: Little Miss Gains)

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