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Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… and Maybe the World

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. Narrated William H. McRaven. Book Published April 4, 2017.

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