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

by William H. McRaven


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455570249
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 412
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Make Your Bed and the New York Times bestseller Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations. 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. After retiring from the Navy, he served as the Chancellor of the University of Texas System from 2015 to 2018. He now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Georgeann.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

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

Acknowledgments 127

About the Author 129

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Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast read, common sense and great observations made about life when most of us are just plodding along. I will be reading it again .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great background information on how to change the world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best book that I have read since Author R.A. Clark's book "When God Stopped Keeping Score." Just like "Keeping Score," it won't take you long to read this book, but I guarantee that it will have you thinking long after you put it down. It is a powerful guide to live by. I highly recommend that you buy both books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for EVERYONE No matter where you are in your career or life, you can still learn from the powerful insights shared in this book. I greatly appreciated the Heartfelt stories from this amazing naval officer. I will purchase multiple copies of this book for my sons who are serving in the USAF Thank you Bill McRaven for your service and sacrifice to this Nation. Your example makes me proud to be an American. With the highest admiration and respect
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Useful insights on handling life and making the most of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short, riveting read. Ninety pages of leadership's successful habits and lifestyles. I'm happy that sugar cookies and circuses don't happen every day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If only we all had the desire to strive for true excellence. I recommend this read, and the lessons and recommendations to all, young or old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To the point inspiration!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. Check out The Admiral's University of Texas commencement speech video to see what this book is about. If you love the video, you'll love this book. The book adds some depth to his thesis of how several little things can change your life and the world. His positive message will leave you fired up.
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Anonymous 8 months ago
Basic rules for being a happy, successful person who works well with others.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I've seen and heard Admiral McRaven speak on t.v. and that, brought me to seek out this book. I’ve decided to give it as a graduation gift from now on, the 10 things are simple and inspirational.
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Anonymous 9 months ago
The first time I heard this speech it played a large part in my life. I work construction, and sometimes we don’t have the best of options or resources to accomplish our mission. Now after this read I’ve seen even more meaning to the words. They have been referenced for my troops and friends in rough times, and allow for a deep reach inside to grasp the toughness needed. Most highly recommended to all folk to read. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really makes you rethink the bigger concepts in life. A quick and easy read because it holds your attention. Well thought, to the point. Extremely inspirational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A worthwhile read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this. It offers a reminder of how to make the most of life, but at the same time, it doesn’t really offer anything new or novel about applying these simple rules of living life. But, I resolve to be better about making my bed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Easy read. And, lessons to live by everyday.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book by a great man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was written in an engaging way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read and good lessons on life. Required reading for my work and worth it.
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