From the Back Cover
PRAISE FOR ELITE Our military does team at the highest level and better than anyone in the world. The lessons in this book can be applied by any team striving to reach the elite level in any sport. --DAN QUINN, Head Coach, Atlanta Falcons Warning: if you want to be average, don't read this book. Nick Hays doesn't just want to help you be good or great. He wants to help you be Elite! Based on his experiences as a Navy SEAL and his work with professional sports teams and top performers in business, Nick knows what it takes to rise to the top and become Elite. I can only think of a few people with the qualifications and experiences to write a book like this and I'm thankful he did. I hope you read it because I know Nick's stories and lessons will make you better. --JON GORDON, Bestsellling Author of The Energy Bus and Training Camp Viewing Nick's extraordinary achievements, it might be easy to see him as someone who had success come easily. Nick breaks this notion and describes how he persevered through his own uphill battles. Prepare to be inspired. --EUGENE SOLTES, Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School From the Battlefield to Boston, Hell Week to Harvard... Nick shares some great insights into the mindset of a Navy SEAL and how it can be applied to any profession. Elite gives business leaders and teams valuable insights in how to approach prioritization, decision making and adverse conditions to make the most of any situation. If you only take one thing away from this book--it should be that you are capable of reaching another level. --KRISTIAN HAIGH, Senior Director, eBay Inc.
From the front Cover
Elite leaders know that the key to getting to the top is to surround themselves with other elite people. Nick Hays is one of those elite people. Reading Elite: High Performance Lessons and Habits from a Former Navy SEAL is like sitting down to a one-on-one conversation with one of the elites. His resume features service as a Navy SEAL, high-level operations in the Middle East, work with professional sports teams, and graduation from Harvard Business School. Readers will learn the same secrets of success (and failure) that Nick Hays learned through a lifetime of commitment, fierce dedication, and achievement. Inside, readers will find 13 principles for elite performance, each the result of hard-fought battles and tough lessons supported by the author's experience. With practical tips to apply these principles in everyday life, everyone can benefit from these insights into what it takes to become the best of the best. Elite will be a game-changer for anyone who is open to learning new practices and strategies that will help them overcome insecurities and setbacks to accomplish even the most ambitious goals. Above all, Elite is relatable. This is not a book written to whip readers into shape with harsh realities or intimidate them with unmatchable tales of triumph. Instead, Nick Hays unabashedly relates how his life's accomplishments were inseparable from the failures, uncertainties, and setbacks. But he never stopped struggling to get to where he wanted to be, no matter what. In the face of adversity, he learned to keep going, to surround himself with the best of the best, and to turn struggles into lessons and motivation for relentlessly pursuing his dreams. One of the key messages in this book is that the path to becoming elite is not a smooth one. Sometimes we must do what we have to do to improve our situation and get where we want to be. Knowing when to listen to the experts and when to stand up and fight is easier said than done. By implementing the processes outlined in Elite , readers can learn to look at every situation strategically, taking their performance to the level of the elites.