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Becoming the 0.1%

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529363500

Price: £16.99

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‘A practical and no-nonsense guide on dealing with the toughest situations, from someone who has been there and done it.’ — Levison Wood

‘It will help you to navigate life.’ — The Times


Historical recruitment campaigns to become a Royal Marines Commando drew on a harrowing but intriguing narrative: 99.9% Need Not Apply. In 2005, only one in a thousand applications for the Royal Marines were successful in reaching the end of training, earning the Coveted Green Beret – a world renowned symbol of excellence.

Becoming the 0.1% is the first-ever diary account of this training regime, charting the odds-stacked journey of Gareth Timmins, a 20-year-old recruit at the time, and providing a psychological framework for understanding how he was able to cultivate the mental strength and resilience needed to push through to success.

Each week of training is accompanied by lessons on his short-comings and growth to peak performance. It uses real-life and often terrifying experiences to describe to the reader the edge you need to cultivate a 0.1% mindset and succeed in life and work, by learning how to:

  • Visualise achievements

  • Combat fatigue and burnout

  • Stay motivated by not losing sight of the end goal

  • Eradicate complacency and achieve mastery

  • Redefine expectation and regulate disappointment

  • Live without convenience

  • Thrive under pressure

  • Break down self-imposed limitations

  • Be held accountable to others
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    Gareth has produced a fascinating insight into the mental fortitude required to become a Royal Marines Commando -- and how that mindset can improve your life in all areas.
    Chris Burn, Yorkshire Post
    Brutally accurate, inspiring and educational -- a must read for everyone.
    Mark Ormrod MBE
    The perfect combination of an adversity story and useful lessons in a military setting, that should be utilized in everyday life by everyone.
    Paul de Gelder
    An unbelievable insight, could not put it down.
    Liam Harrison, 8x World Muay Thai Champion