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.

  • Sheri

    Fast, fun and motivational read filled with life lessons. Written in a friendly conversational style, the practical advice can be applied by anyone. Highly recommended!

  • Pardis

    وظایف هر روز را کامل کنید. فردی را بیابید که در زندگی به شما کمک کند. به همه احترام بگذارید. بدانید که زندگی عادل نیست و اغلب با شکست مواجه می شوید ولی اگر ریسک کنید، در سختترین لحظات بایستید، با زورگوها مقابله کنید، دست شکست خورده ها را بگیرید و هرگز و هرگز دست از تلاش نکشید...

    اگر این کارها را انجام دهید، در این صورت نسل بعدی و نسل های بعد از آن در دنیایی بسیار بهتر از دنیای امروز زندگی خواهند کرد. کاری که در اینجا آغاز شود، در حقیقت دنیا را به جایی بهتر تغییر خواهد داد.

  • 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.

  • 7jane

    (I use this kindle cover, because the hardback doesn't have the picture, which is the same as this.)

    This book is made out of the speech the author gave in 2014 - 10 principles learned during Navy SEAL training. The principles are given as help to overcome challenges in training, career, and life, useful for all to change themselves and the world for the better.

    Each principle (including the one found in the book title) is followed by real-life Navy SEAL training story example and how each can be

    (I use this kindle cover, because the hardback doesn't have the picture, which is the same as this.)

    This book is made out of the speech the author gave in 2014 - 10 principles learned during Navy SEAL training. The principles are given as help to overcome challenges in training, career, and life, useful for all to change themselves and the world for the better.

    Each principle (including the one found in the book title) is followed by real-life Navy SEAL training story example and how each can be an example for life outside it, too. Many stories involve also other people besides author, and you can feel the respect he has for these persons.

    (It's true that perhaps you wont make your bed exactly in the style described in the text, but I'm sure even your style can feel an accomplishment. Even before this book, I've felt some accomplishment in seeing my bed neat in the morning, even if a coin would sink in there haha.)

    Although the book is short, and the chapters are short, this make it a good repeat reading when you need it. It would certainly make good yearly reading, not taking much time from other books. Certainly makes my top-reads list.

  • Lisa

    MAKE YOUR BED is a thoughtful meditation of an American hero’s collective experiences.

    SUMMARYOn 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 slogan “what starts here changes the world,” He shared ten principles he learned during his Navy seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long naval career but also throughout his life.

    “If yo

    MAKE YOUR BED is a thoughtful meditation of an American hero’s collective experiences.

    SUMMARY
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 slogan “what starts here changes the world,” He shared ten principles he learned during his Navy seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long naval career but also throughout his life.

    “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished your first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day that one task completed will turn into many tasks completed. Making your bed will reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”

    REVIEW
McRaven recounts many poignant tales from his naval training and military experiences that served as the impetus for his ten principles. It was very interesting having a small window into SEAL training. The principle are sage advice of heart, perseverance, courage, and risk. The book seems redundant at times but the message was good. Loved learning about the SEAL unique recipe for sugar cookies. MAKE YOUR BED would be a good gift for new high school and college graduates who may potentially facing challenges and workplace adversity for the first time. Overall, the book is a short, quick and entertaining read.

  • 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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