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"Should be read by every leader in America...a book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything that they can." Wall Street Journal
"Powerful." USA Today
"Full of captivating personal anecdotes from inside the national security vault." Washington Post
"Superb, smart, and succinct." Forbes
BASED ON THE INCREDIBLE GRADUATION SPEECH WITH OVER 10 MILLION VIEWS ON YOUTUBE
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.
Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) served with great distinction in the Navy. In his thirty-seven years as a Navy SEAL, he commanded at every level. As a Four-Star Admiral, his final assignment was as Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces. He is now Chancellor of the University of Texas System.
Chapter 1 Start Your Day with a Task Completed 1
Chapter 2 You Can't Go It Alone 11
Chapter 3 Only the Size of Your Heart Matters 23
Chapter 4 Life's Not Fair-Drive On! 35
Chapter 5 Failure Can Make You Stronger 43
Chapter 6 You Must Dare Greatly 55
Chapter 7 Stand Up to the Bullies 65
Chapter 8 Rise to the Occasion 73
Chapter 9 Give People Hope 83
Chapter 10 Never, Ever Quit! 95
The University of Texas Commencement Speech 105
About the Author 129
"Should be read by every leader in America... [MAKE YOUR BED] is a book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything that they can. It is a book to discuss with your executive leadership team as a spur to meeting shared goals. Most of all, it is a book that will leave you with tears in your eyes."Wall Street Journal
"Full of captivating personal anecdotes from inside the national security vault...McRaven's lessons, like his commencement speech, extend far beyond his bed-making. He devotes the 10-chapter book to lessons about moving beyond failure, standing up to bullies and giving others hope."Washington Post
"McRaven...has taken the genesis of what he learned during SEAL training and his nearly four decades in Navy Special Operations into a thin, powerful book."USA Today
"Exquisitely simple...superb, smart, and succinct ideas."ForbesFrom the Publisher