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Ret. Navy SEAL: Victimhood is ‘worst epidemic’ – here’s his advice

A Special Warfare (SEAL) pin, known as a “Trident,” pinning during graduation ceremony at NSW Center in Coronado, Calif., April 15, 2020. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anthony W. Walker)
February 25, 2023

A retired Navy SEAL said victimhood is “the worst epidemic” and recommended ways to break out of the mindset during a recent appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

Mike Sarraille, a former SEAL now promoting a book called “The Everyday Warrior: A No-Hack, Practical Approach to Life,” discussed the book’s section on victimhood with Fox host Brian Kilmeade.

“It’s becoming an epidemic, in a sense,” Sarraille said of victimhood. “It’s the worst epidemic.”

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Saraille said it takes “zero effort” for people to have a mindset of victimhood, which can then become a self-fulfilling cycle.

“There’s a false narrative that because someone has so much, you have so less. And they’re attracting these victims into this category, and they remain there,” he said. “They’re also receiving these false affirmations through social media that it’s not your fault, and therefore they can stay there.”

He emphasized that what can feel like powerlessness is actually something entirely in one’s own control.

“The thing about victimhood mindset is it is a very personal choice,” he said. “We’ve got to be teaching our kids the long-held tradition of accountability and ownership, which has gone to the wayside.”

Sarraille’s book, “The Everyday Warrior,” was released on Amazon in December. He told Kilmeade the book is about the “best practices, positive habits, mindsets” that he absorbed from “all the warriors I served with, both living and fallen.”

He discussed the five “characteristics of a warrior,” listing them as follows:

  • Hold themselves to a higher standard
  • Dedicate themselves to impactful lives
  • Do not fear failure
  • Accept that they don’t have all the answers
  • Never quit

“The other thing, too, about these warriors that Hollywood doesn’t paint well is these men and women were kind, respectful, empathetic,” he said. “People gravitated to them for who they were and how they impacted those around them.”

According to the Amazon description, half the proceeds from Sarraille’s book are going to charities supporting families of fallen troops. Funds will go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the Folds of Honor Foundation, both of which are nonprofits for surviving family members to receive higher education.