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.
Author: Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) | Series: None | Format: Audiobook | Narrated By: Admiral William H. McRaven | Length: 1 hour and 53 minutes | Publish Date: April 4, 2017 | Genre: Self Help/Personal Development | Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ | Recommend: Yes
“Hope is the most powerful force in the universe.”
This was also a book club book that I read but never got to discuss. Either way, I’m glad that this was a book that I got a chance to listen to and really digest what Admiral McRaven spoke about. I’ll definitely need to listen to or read more personal development and self help type of books to keep myself centered and in control of my life. I highly recommend taking some mini breaks to read those when you find yourself having a book hangover from some traumatic ending to a favorite (or not so favorite) book.
I found the situations that he talked about endearing, and could see how he related it to the regular person not in the military. The stories were really there to enforce the ideas that he felt would help you change your life, and I definitely liked all of them. I finished listening to it in a day, and I feel like this is the best kind of book to keep with you whenever you need a reminder that you can do well in your life with these small things.