Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven



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.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this one. I read it as an audiobook, narrated by the author, which I’d highly recommend. I’d recommend it to anyone as it is inspirational, short but packs a big punch, book clubs, or as a graduation gift or for any other celebratory event.

The Story
Fashioned from a commencement speech, it dives through the author’s life experiences in the military and presents a very accessible list of motivational goals. There’s humor and deeper examples, much of it relatable and entertaining to hear. He’s got a lot of good stories.

The Writing
I liked the organization, kind of numbering system of a list, the openers and closures for each point.

I’m not sure if I heard correctly but there were bits that I think were repeated.

I would enjoy reading more from this author.

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