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What is extreme ownership?

Jun 18, 2023

⁉️⁉️How can you take accountability for your blind spots?

We all have blind spots, whether we realize it or not. They're the things we're unaware of, the biases that influence our thinking, and the limitations that hold us back.

But here's the thing: blind spots don't have to be a barrier to success.

By taking accountability for your blind spots, you can cultivate a sense of extreme ownership that allows you to see the world more nuanced and objectively.

✅ What is extreme ownership?

- Extreme ownership is a concept promoted by former Navy SEALs Jocko Willink and Leif Babin that emphasizes taking ownership of every aspect of your life and work, even the things that aren't necessarily your fault.

- This means not blaming others, making excuses, or complaining about things you can't control. Instead, you focus on what you can control and take proactive steps to improve things.

- Extreme ownership involves having a proactive mentality and a willingness to take responsibility for your actions, decisions, and the outcomes that result.

✅ How does extreme ownership relate to taking ownership of what you don't know?

- When you approach interactions with others from a place of extreme ownership, you recognize that you don't know everything. You accept that there may be things you don't know or understand about the other person's perspective, experiences, or emotions.

- Instead of assuming you know everything, you approach conversations and interactions with a viewpoint of curiosity and openness. You ask questions, listen actively, and seek to understand where the other person is coming from.

- Taking ownership of what you don't know means recognizing that you have blind spots, biases, and limitations. It means being humble enough to admit when you're wrong or don't have all the answers. And it means being willing to learn and grow from those experiences.

💡 The bottom line:

Extreme ownership means taking full responsibility for your actions, decisions, and outcomes. When you approach conversations and interactions with a viewpoint of what you don't know, you open yourself up to new ideas, perspectives, and experiences. This allows you to cultivate deeper relationships with others, learn new things, and grow personally and professionally.

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