If Eric Greitens were your commanding officer, you’d have to listen to him—the military is tough like that. Of course, he’s not your CO, but you should listen to him anyhow because he’s a worthy superior in every way. A former Navy SEAL and commander of an al Qaeda–targeting cell, he’s a also a boxing champion, a tae-kwondo second dan, and a sub-3-hour marathoner who bench-presses 280.5 pounds.
That’s not all. Greitens is also a Rhodes scholar who got a full academic scholarship to Duke. And, most obnoxiously, he’s not obnoxious, either. In fact, when he returned from Iraq with a Purple Heart, he used his combat pay to found a charity, The Mission Continues, which helps veterans find meaning and thrive in their post-service lives.
So it’s no surprise that a guy who knows his bench max down to the half pound doesn’t get through life just by winging it. Greitens has developed systems and techniques to help him achieve his goals, many of which he outlines in his new book, Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life. Here are his essential lessons for achieving financial freedom and professional success.