Make your Bed

Make your Bed

Little Things That Can Change your Life...and Maybe the World

Book - 2017
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"Should be read by every leader in America...a book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything that they can." --Wall Street Journal

"Powerful." --USA Today

"Full of captivating personal anecdotes from inside the national security vault." --Washington Post

"Superb, smart, and succinct." --Forbes


If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

Admiral McRaven's original speech went viral with over 10 million views. Building on the core tenets laid out in his speech, McRaven now recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more , even in life's darkest moments.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455570249
Characteristics: x, 130 pages ; 19 cm


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Cynthia_N May 05, 2018

Good read with good info but I just didn't connect with it. A classic case of "it's not you, it's me".

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Cynthia_N May 05, 2018

Good read with good info but I just didn't connect with it. A classic case of "it's not you, it's me".

Feb 07, 2018

Simple, easy book. I wish I was in the audience when the author first gave this speech. It offers solid advice with engaging examples. Obviously, very few people can relate to the author's life as a Navy frogman/ SEAL. Yet, his military examples are clear and support his points. This book did not change my life, but I am likely to give it as a gift to high school and college graduates in the near future. (I would also give them The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead.)

Feb 02, 2018

Common-sense advice with some interesting stories woven in. Would recommend this book to anyone - especially those just entering the adult world.

Jan 15, 2018

Disturbing to find that young men die in their unsuccessful attempts to meet some of the grueling physical tasks required in SEALS training and that it is simply accepted as part of meeting the goals of this organization. It appears that life is dispensable. With all of the shaming tactics, it makes one wonder about the deep psychological trauma to those who are already known to be disadvantaged mentally, emotionally and physically with the casting out of those who do not measure up to what is known to be impossible for most of the recruits. Is this really a helpful model for young people who are in the early formation of their lives?

Jan 07, 2018

This is a very readable book, and you can finish it in a couple hours. You think to yourself that every teenager should have this book, but then you realize the principles apply for a lifetime, and you may have known them somewhere along the line, but have forgotten or just no longer think about it anymore. The advice is good, especially as to moving on from disappointment, disability, defeat, and not quitting.
As far as the bed-making, I can see the point, and made a special effort to make my bed very neatly today without the dog in it (tho that is more fun, really).


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