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Publisher Description

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

Admiral William H. McRaven
hr min
April 4
Hachette Audio

Customer Reviews

1234🏐❤️💯🍰🍦 ,

Love it

It makes u want to go for things in life and never give up and don’t measure a book by it’s cover

Vma1820 ,


In my opinion nothing special. You here the same stories over and over.

Lamborghini fanatic ,

Great book with a lot of good advice

A great book by a decorated veteran. The only issue is that the ending gets extremely repetitive. Other than that, it’s a great book that’s well worth your time and money.

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