I read a spectacular, short (125 pages) book last night by Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) called Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life …And Maybe The World (Grand Central Publishing, 2017). Admiral McRaven served thirty-seven years as a Navy Seal and commanded at every level. As a Four-Star Admiral, his final assignment was as Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces. Currently, he is Chancellor of the University of Texas System.
This book is based on his May 21, 2014 address to the graduating class at the University of Texas at Austin. During this original speech, which went viral with more than 10 million views, Admiral McRaven 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 through the rest of his life.
For those who want to change the world and/or your circle of influence, this is an inspiring resource. His core tenets and the subsequent stories are powerful and moving. Therefore, I give it my rare, “run, don’t walk to your local book store and check it out” recommendation. Happy reading!