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About Make Your Bed Book

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

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Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven

In the speech, Bill walks through 10 lessons he learned from basic SEAL training on how to change the world / deal with life. In the book, he builds on these 10 lessons in each chapter

10 lessons for changing the world / dealing with life

10 lessons for changing the world / dealing with life

If you want to change the world:

1. Start off by making your bed

2. Find someone to help you paddle.

3. Measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flipflippers.

4. Get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.

5. Don’t be afraid of the circuses.

6. Sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head firsfirst.

7. Don’t back down from the sharks.

8.You must be your very best in the darkest moment.

9. Start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.

10. Don’t ever, ever ring the bell.


1. Start off by making your bed.

1. Start off by making your bed.

Translation: Start your day with a completed task.

Life is hard ⇒ days are long and filled with anxious moments ⇒ sometimes it seems that there is little you can do to affect the outcome of your day.

Daily life requires a sense of structure ⇒ the simple act of completing a task can give you the extra pride / motivation you need to seize the day.


“Making my bed correctly was not going to be an opportunity for praise. It was expected of me. It was my first task of the day, and doing it right was important. It demonstrated my discipline. It showed my attention to detail, and at the end of the day it would be a reminder that I had done something well, something to be proud of, no matter how small the task. Throughout my life in the Navy, making my bed was the one constant that I could count on every day.”



Make your Bed

Make your Bed

Life is hard and that sometimes there is little you can do to affect the outcome of your day.

You search for something that can:

  • give you solace
  • motivate you to begin your day
  • be a sense of Pride in an oftentimes ugly world

But sometimes the simple act of making your bed can give you the lift you need to start your day and provide you the satisfication to end it right.

If you want to change your life and maybe the world...

start off by

making your bed


Find Someone To Help You Paddle

Find Someone To Help You Paddle

None of us are immune from life tragic moments.

It takes a team of good people to get you to your destination in life.

You cannot paddle the boat alone.

Find someone to share your life with, make as many friends as possible, and never forget that.

Your Success Depends on Others


Get Over Being A Sugar Cookie And Keep Moving Forward

Get Over Being A Sugar Cookie And Keep Moving Forward

It Is easy to blame your lot in life on some outside Force, to stop trying because you believe fate is against you, to think that where you raised, how your parents treated you, or what school you went to is all that determines your future.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The common people and the great men and women are all defined by how they deal with lives unfairness.

Sometimes no matter how hard you try, no matter how good you are, you still end up as a sugar cookie.

Don't complain, don't blame it on your misfortune,

Look to the Future and Drive on.


Start your day with a task completed

Author says, Every morning you get up in the morning, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day, it will give you a small sence of pride and it will encourage you to do another task another and another. By the end of the day that one task is copleted will have turned into many tasks completed.


Failure can make you stronger

True leaders must learn from their failures, and not be afraid to try again or make the next tough decision. Failures strenghten you and teach you that no one is immune from mistakes.


You must dare greatly

Life is a struggle and the potential for failure is ever present, but those who live in fear of failure or hardship or embarrassment will never achieve their potential. Without daring greatly, you will never know what is truely possible in your life.


Wake up and make your bed!

Wake up and make your bed!

Starting your day with making your bed sets the tone for a productive day ahead. It's a small but important task that motivates you to do more.

Here's why:

  • Brings a sense of accomplishment.
  • Maintains cleanliness and organization.
  • Creates a domino effect for other tasks.

Remember, starting small leads to big achievements!


Sing In The Mud

Sing In The Mud

  • Keep moving forward - Even when it feels like you're stuck, keep going. One step at a time.
  • Find your happy place - Think of a happy memory or a place you feel safe. Use it to calm your mind.
  • Be kind to yourself - Don't be too hard on yourself. You're doing your best.
  • Reach out for support - Talk to someone you trust. It's okay to ask for help.
  • Focus on the positives - There's always something in life to be grateful for.


**Don't give up and keep striving for new ground**

**Don't give up and keep striving for new ground**

Life is tough, but you have to push through it and keep moving forward to find success.

  • Stay positive and don't let obstacles discourage you
  • Embrace change and use it as a way to grow
  • Learn from your mistakes and keep improving

Don't give up and keep striving for new ground


No matter what....... doesn't want to stuck on anything.

Life Lessons

Remember... start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone. Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often. But if you take some risks, step up when times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden, and never, ever give up-if you do these things, then you can change your life for the better... and maybe the world!


Measure a person by size of his heart,

Proving determination and grit is always more important than talent.


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