Extreme Ownership

Take ownership of all areas of your life, even those that are not your fault or responsibility.

The Extreme Ownership mental model was popularized by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Extreme Ownership means moving past complaining and blame-throwing, and focusing on finding solutions.

Jocko and Leif suggest taking ownership of all areas of your life, even when the responsibility or blame technically lies with someone else. Assigning blame is counter-productive, fractures your team, and takes energy away from finding solutions. Extreme Ownership teaches us to attack all problems as if they were our own. In addition to cultivating a solutions-focused mindset, taking Extreme Ownership allows you to establish your credibility as a leader.

Extreme Ownership is an effective technique for team-building, and in the context of Jiu-Jitsu it's especially important for gym owners. As a gym owner, you are responsible for everything that happens within your facility. This mindset is also very helpful for senior members of the gym looking to help with the growth of the team and its culture.


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