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The Wisdom of the Bullfrog

>> A book by William H. McRaven

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2024 | WINTER

The Wisdom of the Bullfrog

>> A book by Adm. William H. McRaven (Ret)

A book review by Billy Grogan

“The Wisdom of the Bullfrog” is an insightful and thought-provoking book written by Admiral William McRaven, renowned for his distinguished military career and his previous bestseller, “Make Your Bed.” In this book, McRaven draws on his vast experiences and shares valuable life lessons, offering guidance and inspiration for individuals seeking personal and professional growth. While not explicitly aimed at law enforcement leaders, “The Wisdom of the Bullfrog” contains invaluable wisdom that can be readily applied to the challenging and dynamic field of law enforcement.


In “The Wisdom of the Bullfrog,” Admiral William McRaven artfully weaves together personal anecdotes, reflections, and lessons learned from his military career to create a compelling narrative that resonates with readers. The book’s central theme revolves around the concept of taking risks, embracing change, and finding the courage to face adversity head-on. McRaven identifies the bullfrog as a metaphor for resilience and encourages readers to adopt its qualities: to remain adaptable, and tenacious and to possess the ability to seize opportunities.


Law enforcement is a profession that demands courage, adaptability, and ethical decision-making. The principles espoused in “The Wisdom of the Bullfrog” align closely with the core values and challenges faced by law enforcement professionals.


Admiral McRaven’s insights on leadership and teamwork have direct applications in law enforcement. The author emphasizes the importance of effective leadership that fosters a sense of unity and inspires trust among team members. Law enforcement agencies rely heavily on teamwork and collaboration to maintain public safety. McRaven’s advice to “build trust and empower your team” resonates strongly with law enforcement professionals seeking to create cohesive and efficient units.


Law enforcement is an ever-evolving field that requires adaptability. McRaven’s experiences as a Navy SEAL demonstrate the necessity of being adaptable in high-pressure situations. The book stresses the importance of embracing change, learning from failure, and adjusting strategies when necessary. Law enforcement leaders can benefit from this wisdom, particularly when facing new challenges or navigating complex societal issues.


“The Wisdom of the Bullfrog” highlights the significance of making sound decisions under pressure, a crucial skill in the law enforcement profession. McRaven emphasizes the importance of staying calm, maintaining clarity of thought, and relying on training and experience to make critical decisions. These principles can assist law enforcement professionals in managing high-stress situations and ensuring the safety of both themselves and the communities they serve.

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Law enforcement officers face numerous challenges that can take a toll on their physical and mental well-being. McRaven’s exploration of resilience and mental toughness provides valuable insights into coping with adversity. The book emphasizes the significance of cultivating mental resilience, bouncing back from setbacks, and finding strength in difficult times. Law enforcement agencies can benefit from integrating practices that promote mental well-being and resilience among their personnel.


Admiral McRaven’s book highlights the importance of ethical decision-making, a core aspect of the law enforcement profession. He emphasizes the significance of integrity, moral courage, and upholding ethical standards even in the face of adversity. Law enforcement leaders can draw inspiration from these principles, using them as a compass to guide their actions and maintain public trust.


In conclusion, “The Wisdom of the Bullfrog” by Admiral William McRaven offers a wealth of wisdom and practical advice that is highly applicable to the field of law enforcement. Through his personal experiences and reflections, McRaven presents a compelling narrative that resonates with professionals seeking personal and professional growth. The book’s themes of leadership, adaptability, decision-making under pressure, resilience, and ethical conduct align closely with the core values and challenges faced by law enforcement professionals. By incorporating these principles into their work, law enforcement leaders can enhance their effectiveness, improve team dynamics, and uphold the noble purpose of their profession. “The Wisdom of the Bullfrog” is a valuable resource that can inspire and guide law enforcement professionals as they navigate the complexities of their profession and serve their communities with honor and integrity.


Our staff read “Make Your Bed” and are now reading Admiral William McRaven’s latest, “The Wisdom of the Bullfrog,” as a group. Everyone is enjoying the read, and we have had some great discussions about its applicability to our work.

Billy Grogan

Chief Billy Grogan

Chief Billy Grogan has over 40 years of law enforcement experience and has served the last 13 years as the Chief of Police. Previously, Chief Grogan served as Deputy Chief in Marietta Police. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Georgia Command College, and the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE). He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University.

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