Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World

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 overc...

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Title:Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World
Author:William H. McRaven
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  • Mildred

    There are many "self-help" books on the market that contain solid information. However, General McRaven's Make Your Bed comes across as refreshingly different from those books by well known self-help gurus like Dr. Phil or Tony Robbins mainly because the anecdotes he uses to illustrate his ten key points are gleaned from his experiences as a Navy SEAL. I read this little book in one sitting and plan to buy copies for my children. In a nutshell, McRaven says t

    There are many "self-help" books on the market that contain solid information. However, General McRaven's Make Your Bed comes across as refreshingly different from those books by well known self-help gurus like Dr. Phil or Tony Robbins mainly because the anecdotes he uses to illustrate his ten key points are gleaned from his experiences as a Navy SEAL. I read this little book in one sitting and plan to buy copies for my children. In a nutshell, McRaven says that life is tough, but meeting challenges with discipline, determination, a positive attitude and the support of others will most often lead an individual to a meaningful life that will inspire others.

  • Starjustin

    5 well earned stars for this motivational story of Admiral William H. McRavens journey to becoming a navy seal. This book was written and narrated in 2017 by the Admiral himself. The book also includes his famous commencement speech, which took place on May 21st, 2014, for the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin.

    Admiral McRaven speaks of 10 steps to follow "if you want to change your life or maybe the world."

    I won't list the steps here however, I will say that I was very 'taken

    5 well earned stars for this motivational story of Admiral William H. McRavens journey to becoming a navy seal. This book was written and narrated in 2017 by the Admiral himself. The book also includes his famous commencement speech, which took place on May 21st, 2014, for the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin.

    Admiral McRaven speaks of 10 steps to follow "if you want to change your life or maybe the world."

    I won't list the steps here however, I will say that I was very 'taken' by this book and the Admirals experiences, as well as those who served with him, to make the USA and the world a safer place.

    The book is only 12 short chapters but is loaded with life-changing information that can lead 'any' individual to find purpose and self-worth in improving their life and the lives of others.

    I recommend this book to all my GR friends and to all others as well.

  • Kenny

    This is a gem of a book. Packed full of wisdom and big lessons in 130 pages. I read it slowly and took a different lesson in daily. This is a book I will return over and over again. Rather than go on and on about it, I will share McRaven's lessons with you, but trust me, you will want to read this book to get the full impact of the lessons.

  • Cheese

    This is very Team America in parts with some mixed blessings.

    He means well, but saying at the start "God bless all the american citizens who died in 9/11", but erm what about all the other people who died who weren't american citizens ay?

    Make your bed dammit!

  • Judith

    Don't get me wrong, the author is an American hero and he deserves to make a buck with his advice and anecdotes, all wrapped up in time for graduation gift giving. I don't doubt for a second that this advice is good for anyone who anticipates a military career. You should learn how to make your bed with military precision, and you should appreciate teamwork, get over yourself and accept that life is not fair, and never give up, etc.,etc.

    The obvious problem with this type of one-size-fits-all ad

    Don't get me wrong, the author is an American hero and he deserves to make a buck with his advice and anecdotes, all wrapped up in time for graduation gift giving. I don't doubt for a second that this advice is good for anyone who anticipates a military career. You should learn how to make your bed with military precision, and you should appreciate teamwork, get over yourself and accept that life is not fair, and never give up, etc.,etc.

    The obvious problem with this type of one-size-fits-all advice is that some people who shouldn't be listening to it use it to justify their behavior. For example, one of my pet peeves is people who are obese but have perfectly salon-manicured nails. The reason it bugs me is that those people spent time and money sitting in a nail salon when they should have been out exercising---walking at the very least. If you talk to them about it, you will find they think they don't have time for exercise or money for a gym but the one area of their lives they can control is their salon perfect nails. They probably made their beds too using the same logic. " I can't control the rest of my day but my bed is made."

    Can you imagine telling Jackson Pollack that things would go better for him if he just made his bed every morning or telling Leo Tolstoy to be more of a team player. As for never giving up, the author is certain that all of the people in his training program are sorry that they gave up when they did. They might be, but I bet they're not as sorry as the families of those who died trying to make the program and pushed themselves beyond their tolerance.

    I'm just saying: it's a charming notion to think that focusing on the small stuff will lead to greater accomplishment. But maybe we shouldn't sweat the small stuff. Hey---a good idea for a book!

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