The Ten Commandments for Being a Badass.


Last month, I read a book that gave me great insights on how to be more mentally tough.

It’s called Breaking BUD/S (about how to complete Navy SEAL boot camp), and it is written by a current Navy SEAL (no surprises there).  I thought I would share with you ten commandments for succeeding in life that are listed at the end of the book.  Once you read them, I suggest taking the time to reflect how you can incorporate these suggestions into your own life. I have no doubt that if you take the time to utilize these commandments on a daily basis, you WILL find yourself better equipped to succeed.

1. Thou shall not quit

If you start something, you finish it. Even when life isn’t going as planned, and you feel like it would be better to quit than endure the suck, endure the suck. Fix the problem, solve the problem, and move on.

2. Thou shall never feel sorry for oneself

Don’t bitch. Don’t cry. If you have a problem, keep it to yourself and solve it. If you are hurting, don’t say a word. What difference does it make? All it does is make you look like a pussy to those who can easily discern what a pussy is.  Don’t be that guy.  Ask others for help, but don’t talk to others purely for the chance to complain. Talk to others to get advice.

3. Thou shall always give your best

You reap what you sow. If you put in an effort that is guided by smart thinking, a ferocious determination to succeed, and clear-eyed understanding of what is happening in the moment, you will succeed on a level that is on par with that unique, difficult way of approaching life. Because it is hard, especially when we are trained to think on auto-pilot. But is it worth it? Absolutely.

4. Thou shall not be a buddy-fucker

This commandment does not apply to the homosexual connotation of “buddy-fucker”.  It means you should not screw your friends over. Don’t let them down. Be there when you say you will, and do what you say will do. Look out for them, and make sure they are succeeding right along with you. Failure to do this will result in being known as a “blue falcon”.  That’s the polite way SEALS refer to someone who puts themselves before others. Don’t be that guy.


5. Thou shall not be unprepared

Be organized, and have your shit squared away, for everything you do. Failure to do this results in a perception of you as unorganized and careless.  Why would you want that? Wouldn’t it be better to be known as a man that is methodical, careful, reliable?


6. Thou shall not be a pussy

Don’t make excuses. Don’t try to half-ass it. It will always be apparent if you do.


7. Thou shall always keep the mission objective in mind

Why are you doing what you are doing? Knowing the purpose for your actions gives your actions meaning. With meaningful actions, life becomes geared towards achieving meaningful results.


8. Thou shall always try to win

It pays to be a winner. Cliche, maybe, but true. Winners get things that others don’t. Winners also live life with the philosophy that “it pays to be a winner”, because without that philosophy, you don’t make winning your goal, and you find yourself being second-best, all the time. Why not be first?

9. Thou shall always be on the lookout to help others

Help others when they need it, especially your friends. This inspires trust, respect, and love towards you from those who know you.


10. Thou shall not forget these commandments

I suggest writing these commandments down and putting them in a place where you can see them, every day.  If you are constantly reminded of these principles, it makes it easier for you to incorporate them into your life.  This will lead to success, and you will be perceived as more manly, alpha, and dominant by those who know you. Good characteristics to have, right? Make them your own.


Yours in Virtues and Victory,