Walking in Mud: A Navy SEAL’s 10 Rules for Surviving the New Normal

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Drawing on his more than two decades as a Navy SEAL, Steve Giblin uses his own experiences to offer wisdom and counsel on how to cope with the new normal imposed by COVID-19.

During his first few weeks as a Navy SEAL, Steve Giblin found a simple, typewritten document left behind in an old desk drawer by the Team commanding officer, entitled “THE TEN ESSENTIAL QUALITIES OF AN UNDERWATER DEMOLITION MAN.”

That single page, and the maxims it contained, followed Steve wherever he was based during his twenty-six-year career with the SEALs—fourteen of those as part of the legendary strike force that took down Osama bin Laden. Steve still lives by those tenets today, coming to realize how it laid out a regimen not just for elite warriors, but also for the rest of us in our day-to-day lives.

Now Steve has applied them to this post-COVID-19 world we find ourselves living in, a new normal that will test both our resolve and our psyches as we’re challenged as we’ve never been before. Applying his own experiences as a Navy SEAL to these everyday rigors, Steve provides a prescription for both healing and thriving, a guide map to get to the other side better and stronger than we were at the beginning of a journey none of us signed up for.

We’re all walking in mud; thankfully, this book offers the best and surest strategy to lift ourselves from it.