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Summary

Historical recruitment campaigns to become a Royal Marines Commando drew on a harrowing but intriguing narrative: 99.9 per cent 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 per cent 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
©2021 Gareth Timmins (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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Wow! what a thoroughly riveting account.

The authors physical and mental endurance in order to succeed and obtain his 'green beret' is totally facinating.
A compelling audio book.

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Loved it

made me feel like i was doing training with him.
Much buy great to listen to.
this is done by her son

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Great for mindset!

As someone who struggles keeping track on goals this book is a great insight to what it’s like at royal marine training and the principles that Gareth used to overcome royal marine training and how they can be used in civilian life to aid your mindset and keep track on any goals no matter how hard they may be. 100% worth the read just for the insight alone into life as a royal marine trainee and the brutality in which trainees are faced with.

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Inspirational motivational

This book is phenomenal what’s a listen loads of information on how hard Royal Marines training really is. Definitely recommend giving this a read or listen too on audible

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Not only a book for a marines recruit

Almost every part of this book has helped reassure my own daily efforts and struggles as I strive to become a better CrossFit athlete. Being able to relate to the mental toughness (obviously. It to the extent of someone becoming a Royal Marines commando) required to ‘keep going’, even in times of utter exhaustion, whilst learning to ignore the self doubt during the hard times, was a massive spirit booster.

Gareth has knocked this one out of the park.

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Superb! Gets you motivated in life

A fantastic read, being ex army I was soon in my zone, it leaves no leaves unturned a great read for any future commando I would say it’s the bible of commando training and would benefit anyone who wants to embark on this career, it also helps to get a grip on civilian life as lots of lessons can be put into practice!
Hope he writes a novel based on a character using his skill set!

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Great book 10/10

One of the best books I’ve listened to in a long time loved every minute of it might even go again

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it's good. it's really good!

I loved it. Well worth the listen! Whether you do or don't want to join, you're probably right. the 0.1 percent want it.

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Honesty and integrity

Fantastic book. A development of a normal young lad into a man that teaches anyone that they can push their boundaries and change their outcomes! A very different take than the usual. Extremely refreshing!
Enjoy

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The undulating adventure

Having completed RM training at a slightly different time, I had slightly different experiences. However, the memories came flooding back and actually reminded me of the challenge we faced as young men setting out on that adventure.
The authentic way in which the story is told is refreshing. The hope, apprehension and dread is perfectly encapsulated in a wonderfully laid out (and simple format).
This is essential reading for the families of Royal Marines Commandos. The journey to become a 'Bootneck' is long, but affords one the precious opportunity of insight into themselves.