• Never Enough

  • A Navy SEAL Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility, and Meaning
  • By: Mike Hayes
  • Narrated by: Mike Hayes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (232 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.

In Never Enough, Mike Hayes - former Commander of SEAL Team TWO - helps listeners apply high-stakes lessons about excellence, agility, and meaning across their personal and professional lives.

Mike Hayes has lived a lifetime of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. He has been held at gunpoint and threatened with execution. He’s jumped out of a building rigged to explode, helped amputate a teammate’s leg, and made countless split-second life-and-death decisions. He’s written countless emails to his family, telling them how much he loves them, just in case those were the last words of his they’d ever read. Outside of the SEALs, he’s run meetings in the White House Situation Room, negotiated international arms treaties, and developed high-impact corporate strategies.

Over his many years of leadership, he has always strived to be better, to contribute more, and to put others first. That’s what makes him an effective leader, and it’s the quality that he’s identified in all of the great leaders he’s encountered. That continual striving to lift those around him has filled Mike’s life with meaning and purpose, has made him secure in the knowledge that he brings his best to everything he does, and has made him someone others can rely on.

In Never Enough, Mike Hayes recounts dramatic stories and offers battle- and boardroom-tested advice that will motivate listeners to do work of value, live lives of purpose, and stretch themselves to reach their highest potential.

A Macmillan Audio production from Celadon Books

©2021 Mike Hayes (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“I was inspired by Never Enough and Mike Hayes’s determination to constantly push himself to achieve excellence. It’s an important lesson brought to life by his unique combination of experiences as a decorated Navy SEAL commander, a senior White House official, and successful business executive. Mike writes with humility, candor, and a sharp sense of humor; this is a must read for anyone hoping to learn how to lead through adversity and bring out the best in themselves and their teams.” (David McCormick, CEO of Bridgewater Associates)

"Never Enough is the ultimate playbook for leading a winning team, whether in a boardroom or on the field. Mike Hayes's leadership style was forged on the frontlines as a Navy SEAL, but the lessons that he's distilled in his book could be applied to every person - players, coaches, and beyond - I work with on a daily basis." (Kirk Ferentz, head football coach, University of Iowa)

"Being an entrepreneur takes guts, grit, and the willingness to take a risk - but it's nothing like the risks Mike Hayes has taken during his extraordinary life. Whether you're building a business or building a life, Never Enough is an incredible manual for getting the best out of yourself, your team, and your community. Just like Mike is a one-of-a-kind achiever, his book is a one-of-a-kind must-read." (Neil Blumenthal, CEO of Warby Parker)

"In business, it's critical to think strategically, move quickly, and be ready to pivot at any moment - in other words, you have to think like a SEAL. In Never Enough, Mike Hayes applies the lessons he's learned as a SEAL to the business world. It's essential reading for anyone looking to reach the next level." (Steve Case, former CEO and chairman of AOL) 

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Team, Teammate, then Self

I heard Mike on Dan Crenshaw's podcast recently and they mentioned this book. While this book can certainly stand on its own, I find it a great compliment to Fortitude. The underlying message(s) in this book are universally relevant, however, I think the stories will resonant most with those who can directly relate. Fantastic read for transitioning military folks as Mike draws correlations between the military, government work, and commercial enterprise.

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An Amazing and Inspiring read for all Leades

A great work on page and on audio, Mike brings together both the lessons learned as an elite military operator as well as those he garnered in business and life, and translates those lessons into pillars of leadership which are explained in a thorough yet simple way making execution of those tactics by the reader possible. Get this book 👍👍👍👍

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A must listen!

I do not usually write many reviews, however I feel compelled to do so after listening to this audiobook. First off I would thank the author for his many sacrifices and service to our great nation. I can certainly relate to several of the author’s experiences. This audiobook is written and performed in such away that it offers many great lessons on leadership, humility, selfless service and exactly what it means to serve a cause that is much larger than ourselves. The author articulates many great life lessons and I believe that this book should be offered in every American high school and university.

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Must read - first time ever finished and immediately started again!

Yes it’s that good and filled with so many good points that I wanted to absorb it all. The author drips credibility and passion for leadership. I’m 60 and still learned oodles from this book on how to continually reinforce trust in building teams and how to empower teams. The author narrates the book and has a fabulous voice. It’s engaging and keeps you wanting to learn more. First time ever that I was sad to have business book end.

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Words to live by

A great read that highlights, with story the important lessons of the battlefield, personal and team trials. Mike relates his experiences to
everyday life no matter your occupation.

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How to be HEROIC

First, thank you Mr. Hayes for all your sacrifices, leadership, and service so we can enjoy our freedom!

Your beautifully written stories moved me and inspires me to do more every day. You have written a modern day guide on how to be HEROIC in all facets of life. Well done! It should be required reading in high school. Our students need to learn these lessons more than ever.

I have a 7-year-old daughter and I will certainly pass down your lessons and help her be HEROIC like you, your daughter, and all the heroes portrayed in your book.

Thank you Sir!

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This book has forever changed my life…

This book hit home and has impacted me in the most positive and passionate way possible. I typically give it 100% each and every day of my life, but shortly after reading Never Enough, I needed to bring it harder in life. #1, I’m thankful to be alive and I thank God and pray every morning. #2, 110% dedication to My Team, Teammate, and Self in that order. #3, Execution, Persistence, Integrity and Optimism continuously echo the foundation of Never Enough mindset that I’ve now established in my life. But more importantly, it’s never too late to change and bring out the best inside you. Thanks Mike for taking the time to share your stories. I’m forever grateful and forever changed. Never Enough.

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Incredible, practical stories to inspire excellence

Terrific audiobook for anyone interested in hearing real life stories about service to others. Very different from other SEAL and military books because it’s less about the hardship of the special forces training and lifestyle (thanks goodness, there are plenty of books already that “flex” around that) and more about the quieter moments in between battles.
The only suggestion I’d offer to improve the audiobook is to hire a professional narrator to read it on behalf of the author. The author does a decent job but the reading is a bit forced and halting.

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Inspiring

All I can say is, I wish I had this kind of commander!
This book tells you the reality of life; we all have tough days. It’s up to you to get up and keep going! Make you want to do things right, to work on leaving a legacy for your family. Living with honor and dedication!

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Required Reading for improving Leadership Skills

This book is chock full of examples of Great Leadership. It should be mandatory required reading for any leadership development program.

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