Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven

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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  • 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.

  • David

    4.25 This book will be perfect for so many students and particularly reluctant readers who need inspiration :) Personally I wish it had a little more meat to it, but it had some great advice and I am sure I will refer back to it again.

  • Wesley

    My Rating: 4 Sugar cookies

    Great motivational essay by retired Admiral and Navy SEAL William McRaven.

    I recommend the audio version that is read by the author, but the book is fine if you prefer the written word. Several life lessons and principals of how to live your life.

  • Judy

    One of those "inspirational" or self-help books that come out from time to time. I heard the author interviewed, and wanted to read his book. It's a quick read. Each chapter has advise for life, starting out with: "Make your bed." Because when you start out accomplishing something at the start of every day, you are more likely to do more. I had to get the book back to the library or I would have made a succinct list, but other are: "Embrace your failures, because every life has them." "Life isn'

    One of those "inspirational" or self-help books that come out from time to time. I heard the author interviewed, and wanted to read his book. It's a quick read. Each chapter has advise for life, starting out with: "Make your bed." Because when you start out accomplishing something at the start of every day, you are more likely to do more. I had to get the book back to the library or I would have made a succinct list, but other are: "Embrace your failures, because every life has them." "Life isn't fair." "Never, ever give up. Keep hope." I guess William Raven's address to University of Texas graduating class is on YouTube. It might be worthwhile to take a look at that.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Truman32

    Admiral William H. McRaven’s book,

    is another one of those really small self-help books that you can stack on a really small shelf, maybe in your really small tiny-house right between Maria Shriver’s

    And Randy Pausch’s

    .

    The retired Admiral’s book of levelheaded insights was originally a commencement speech to the graduating class of the University of Texas in 2014. These common sens

    Admiral William H. McRaven’s book,

    is another one of those really small self-help books that you can stack on a really small shelf, maybe in your really small tiny-house right between Maria Shriver’s

    And Randy Pausch’s

    .

    The retired Admiral’s book of levelheaded insights was originally a commencement speech to the graduating class of the University of Texas in 2014. These common sense perceptions are the kind of things most folks have been taught by their parents, but seeing as this is in Texas, their parents were probably too busy marching with the NRA for expanding gun rights or working to impugn the value of women’s reproductive rights to be bothered with advice.

    The lessons should not be new to anyone, yet like most of these things, what we know and what we actually do are often completely different things.

    For instance, chapter three speaks to

    . Though to a large section of people there would be the caveat that the size of your heart matters just a little less then your sexual orientation or how brown your skin is.

    Chapter seven states we must:

    yet last I checked, the White House is home to possibly one of the bulliest bullies to ever make you do his homework and still get your brown-bagged lunch stepped on while Congress is working hard to take away the health insurance from millions of people.

    Sigh.

    I do like books like these—even thought there is nothing really new to be learned, I find them centering. They focus me on what is important and remind me that we all go through periods of tough times and failure.

    McRaven writes well and the book is a strong compass, pointing to what should be important in our lives. Plus, I now know what the Navy Seals mean by becoming a: sugar cookie, something I have experienced without knowing the definition for many years.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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