“Implementing Extreme Ownership requires checking your ego and operating with a high degree of humility. Admitting mistakes, taking ownership, and developing a plan to overcome challenges are integral to any successful team.”
– Jocko Willink
In 2007, Ryan Michler’s life had hit a snag. He had a failing business, had recently separated from his wife and his life seemed off track.
As an Iraq Combat Veteran that never grew up with a father figure, Ryan had plenty of excuses he could make for why life had become so difficult.
Ryan had every excuse to make – and chose to avoid them.
Instead, he looked inside. He took ownership for the failure of his marriage and failing business and became more disciplined and accountable in all areas of his life.
Over time, his marriage, his business and his life began to improve.
As he told his story, he realized that other men had the same struggles around being a father, husband, employee and a “true man”.
Thus, he started “Order of Man”, a community and resource for men to become better.
I know what you’re thinking… this is just another blog filled with misogynistic ideas and conversations around which protein shakes all bros should drink.
Here are some takeaways from my conversation with Ryan around what a man truly is:
- Men exhibit discipline in all areas of life
- Men place a high emphasis on serving their communities: family, friends, employees, etc.
- Men are accountable for their words and actions
- Men exhibit extreme ownership
- Men have a true purpose and clarity in life
- Men focus on filling themselves so they can give more to their families
- Men have clearly defined priorities and stick to them
- Men are protectors, providers, and presiders
- Men do not let fear dictate the way they live
- Men seek true success: autonomy
In this interview, Ryan and I talked about his journey, how to find success and tips for overcoming fear. Enjoy!
“Do not let fear dictate the way you live life.” – Ryan Michler