Extreme Ownership

Extreme ownership. What does it mean? Taking responsibility for everything and anything that enters your realm. Holding yourself accountable and allowing yourself to have control over every situation. To own everything in your world and blame no one else allows you to lead your best life. 

Extreme ownership is to take responsibility, but an in depth expansion is explained in the book Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin (We highly recommend you check it out). 

Admit your own mistakes and plan a way to overcome them. Your mistakes are your own and it is your job to improve your ways to create a better situation in the future. Although there may have been forces out of your control, you blame no one because you are still a variable that can be improved. 

Leaders set the tone for their team. There are no bad teams, only bad leaders. Leaders set the tone for their team and rather than blaming the team for their faults, the leader should constructively encourage the group to analyze and fix the problems at hand. 

Don't explain what, but WHY. A leader must explain to his or her team not just the what, but the why. The why is important for others to understand. It gives reason, meaning, and significance to the what. 

Controlling the ego. Ego can be important in matters of drive or completing the job, but it can also be a liability. Checking the ego often allows us to humble ourselves and to take a step back. Analyzing and strategically planning as to what can be improved is important in order to succeed. 

Simplify the plan. Plans almost never work out 100%, so we must have simple plans to easily adapt and adjust. When the plan is simple, the entire team will understand and can adapt when quick changes are necessary. 

Discipline. Discipline is freedom. With discipline, we can prioritize and execute to get the job done. When the alarm rings, we must have the mental fortitude to immediately get out of bed and start the day. Allowing any mental weakness sets us up for failure in the future. Even the smallest of tasks must be carried out with discipline. This sets the tone for bigger tasks.

“Good leaders don’t make excuses. Instead, they figure out a way to get it done.” -Jocko Willink


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