Make your Bed

Make your Bed

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

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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. He then 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.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781455570249
1455570249
Branch Call Number: 179.6 MC
Characteristics: x, 130 pages ; 19 cm

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BookEMonster
Nov 24, 2018

The speech is better than the book, unless you want to read a lot about Navy Seal training, or read a very brief bio on McRaven. I enjoyed it. It is motivating. It a fast, easy read.

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bookycakes
Jul 21, 2018

This works better as a short speech, and I imagine that these words being spoken at a ceremony of achievement would be much more impactful. As a self-help guide? The advice given is nothing you haven't heard before, wrapped in the author's military experience. I can find thousands of lists like this online with a 2-second search without wading through anecdotes that seem to only serve the purpose of making me sad when the intention is to make me feel powerful. Buzzfeed can give me quick steps to feeling better every day and make me laugh while they help me out. And a lot of the advice, while good, is not revolutionary. Stay hopeful? Don't back down from a bully? Not exactly rocket science. A nice reminder for those getting ready to carve out a new life, but the weight of details and acronyms made this almost unbearable to read.

Disjointed writing, and nothing he said was at all revelatory.

My real issue (which no one else will care about) is the instance of the author perpetuating misinformation about sharks, either from ignorance or the desire to be dramatic, I don't know. A tiny, specific peeve, absolutely, but one that made me wonder what else was inserted, exaggerated, or otherwise left unchecked for the sake of a good story.

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GamerKat10
Jul 05, 2018

A book for people to find their own light. Watch as this book describes 10 key rules for life:
1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size
4. If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.
5. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.
6. If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.
7. If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.
8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.
9. If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.
10. If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.

All these rules written by William H. McRaven discuss the inspiration of Never Giving Up!

PLYMC_RosieRachel Jun 05, 2018

This book is an easy read and is something I feel all young adults should read before going out into the world. It gives some simple advice on how you can tackle the many conflicts you will face on a day to day basis. Plus no matter how bad your day has gone at the end of the day you can always say you succeeded at one thing "Make your bed." So there is always a nice comfortable place ready for you to lay your head and forget about your sorrows.

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TootinMoose
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.)

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SmartyJo
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.

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glotet
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?

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KatherineHere
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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mikemarotta
Oct 25, 2017

William H. McRaven currently serves as the chancellor of the University of Texas system. The large achievements of a lifetime depend on many small daily accomplishments. That is the first lesson in this collection of insightful advice from a Navy SEAL admiral. The ten lessons are easy to understand and apply.

Making your bed is Rule #1: “Start the day with a task completed.” The admiral points out that if nothing at all goes well for the rest of the day, at least when you come home, your bed will be nicely made and waiting for you. Allow me to add that we all really must achieve many small tasks to start the day. But making your bed is optional. So, if you set that as your daily task, you will have begun the day by doing more than the minimum to get by.

Rule #4: “Life is not fair—drive on!” This ties in to Lesson #5: “Failure can make you stronger.” In SEAL school, the instructors pick on you. They harass you. You can do everything right and for no reason whatever, you will be ordered to do punishment duty. Most often, you become a “sugar cookie.” You run into the surf fully clothed, get completely soaked, and then roll around in the sand until you are completely covered and look like a sugar cookie. You stay like that the rest of the day. It is unarguably unfair because it is meted out to anyone at all for absolutely no reason. The purpose is to teach the best warriors that life is not fair. You can fail for no fault of your own. And you have to carry on anyway.

At 130 pages, widely set on 5-1/4 x 7-inch pages, it cannot take one hour to read aloud. The commencement address that launched this is available on YouTube.

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