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Overcoming Obstacles

A Navy SEAL's Guide to Beating Adversity and Finding Success

Published by Skyhorse
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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About The Book

Wisdom and inspiration to help you achieve your goals.

A former Navy SEAL and current motivational speaker, Don Mann specializes in helping others achieve success in every aspect of life— personal and professional—by using techniques employed by Navy SEALs. In Overcoming Obstacles, Mann zeroes in on finding ways to conquer the obstacles that readers face in their lives, no matter what they may be. This volume includes three subsections dedicated to helping the reader surmount life’s difficulties:

  • Identifying the Obstacles in Your Life
  • Getting Out of Your Own Way
  • Finding Success
Featuring practical advice, inspirational quotes, engaging stories, and interesting anecdotes, Overcoming Obstacles will give readers the tools they need to triumph in the face of adversity.

About The Authors

Don Mann’s impressive military resume includes being a decorated combat veteran; corpsman; SEAL special operations technician; jungle survival, desert survival, and arctic survival instructor; small arms weapons, foreign weapons, armed and unarmed defense tactics, and advanced hand-to-hand combat instructor; and Survival, Evade, Resistance, and Escape instructor, in addition to other credentials. He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Kraig Becker is a freelance writer who specializes in adventure travel, extreme outdoor sports, and gear. His work has appeared in Digital Trends, Muck Rack, Popular Mechanics, and dozens of other magazines and websites. Becker lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (October 15, 2019)
  • Length: 144 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510745735

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Raves and Reviews

"I’m a retired combat veteran, a Navy SEAL whose seen his share of adversity in business, in war, and in life in general. When I read this book, I was excited by the positive, forward-leaning energy that emanated from every page. Overcoming Obstacles is laced with true life examples of people who have challenged the odds, suffered, struggled, and then through perseverance, succeeded where many had failed. Don Mann, a Navy SEAL, combat veteran, and well-known adventurer, offers the reader actionable techniques anyone can use to conquer challenges impeding their progress. He focuses on telling the reader how to defeat the barriers we create within our own minds, an obstacle faced by even Navy SEALs and other high-performance risk takers. Overcoming Obstacles is about discipline and self-awareness. Make the commitment, read the wisdom. If I can learn from this book, what might it do for you?" 
—MARTY STRONG, Author, CEO, Retired SEAL

"Don easily exhibits how to muster all bravery, to confidently reach over any precarious edge and seize your glory. In short, to successfully, continually conquer the unreachable, the unconquerable again and again, flawlessly."

—JONO SENK, US Army Ranger, founder of Hairy Scary Evolutions

"Don Mann is a world-class athlete, retired Navy SEAL, and an amazing human being. I've seen his leadership in action and have been stymied by his ability to repeatedly accomplish seemingly impossible feats. Don's gift to us mere mortals is demystifying the impossible. His stories illustrate how failure is integral to success, and how small goals over time can lead to big success."

—DAVID TAKATA, CEO Engage Capital, institutional investor, and Wall Street Journal all-star technology analyst

"Don Mann is a true leader and an inspiration. He inspires by leadering from the front with a positive mindset and emphasizes the importance of being goal driven. He illustrates how, with grit, fortitude, and a strong plan, one can meet any challenge." 

—KATHY ROCHE-WALLACE, decorated ultra-athlete and American cross-country record holder

"Throughout Overcoming Obstacles’ chapters Mann highlights the importance of the proper mix of Physical, Mental, and Spiritual life habits that you can take charge of in order to show you a way out of this conundrum. By utilizing his insatiable love for learning and his long history of challenging himself mentally, physically, and spiritually, his readers get blessed with newfound solutions for life’s many challenges and unseen opportunities."

—TONY DADANTE, Humble Life Coach
"Overcoming Obstacles is a down-to-earth discussion about strategies each of us could use in overcoming obstacles we encounter while pursuing our goals. It's reassuring to know (from the examples in the book) that if people like Elon Musk, Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, and SEAL Team Six members experienced obstacles, then I can expect to encounter obstacles in the pursuit of my goals also. If you're not currently facing an obstacle, you eventually will. So, why not be equipped and prepared to address them by reading this book?"

—ALLEN WOOTEN, Elite Obstacle Course Competitor and Triathlete

"The concept of “getting out of your own road” is one that I have contemplated without success until now; here Don Mann with the wisdom and experience of a Navy SEAL, humbly explains how to do this. There is nothing of more value.
My favourite of Don Mann’s Navy Seal self-help trilogy, the other real learning from Overcoming Obstacles as the title of the books suggests, is how best to deal with adversity. I think this is equally this book’s most enduring quality. For it is adversity that ultimately has the ability to stop us in our tracks, and it is how we “handle the storm” and come out the other side, which will ultimately determine our life’s path. The choice is yours, made easier with Don’s assistance. An absolute must read and re-read.
There are very few books that I would consider needing or wanting to read more than twice; Overcoming Obstacles goes into a list of three that I will ensure to read time and again. It will remain with me always. It’s that important."
— HEATH PODMORE, Founder & Head Performance Coach, Elevarlife Performance Training 

"An Amazing Motivational Read
When you finish reading this book you will probably have the same thought: Don wrote this book for me!  Don illustrates through very interesting and relatable examples what is fundamentally the path to success. I found some important life lessons in this book that are relevant to anyone who wants to achieve a goal, no matter how big or small.  I feel refreshed and excited to begin my next journey to success using the wisdom Overcoming Obstacles has given me.
It is clear why Don Mann is a great author, motivational speaker, and a highly respected NAVY SEAL." 
— Leanda R. Cave, Four-Time World Triathlon Champion

"Former SEAL Team 6 member Don Mann knows more about overcoming obstacles that most people on the planet. He’s done so over and over in his life and on the battlefield. Now, he shares the wisdom he’s gained in this must-read book."

—Ralph Pezzullo, New York Times bestselling author


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