Based on a Navy SEAL's inspiring graduation speech, this #1 New York Times bestseller of powerful life lessons "should be read by every leader in America" (Wall Street Journal).
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.
"Powerful." --USA Today
"Full of captivating personal anecdotes from inside the national security vault." --Washington Post
"Superb, smart, and succinct." --Forbes
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you’ve ever wanted to experience Navy SEAL training, but without all the guns and calisthenics, then this little book is for you. Career Navy man Admiral William H. McRaven uses Make Your Bed—based on his commencement speech to the 2014 graduating class of the University of Texas—to turn his military experience into civilian tips for improving your life. The key concept he emphasizes is the importance of using your mistakes to spur better self-discipline. McRaven’s recurring metaphor of making your bed every morning culminates in an anecdote about Saddam Hussein’s captivity that illustrates the concept with startling gravity.
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Whilst the speech itself is good, Adm. MacRaven goes into even more detail about his experience in the SEALs and how his experience changed the lives for others. Highly recommend.
Not a book.
Good message but save your money and just watch the U of Texas commencement address.