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

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World

“Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World” is a book written by Admiral William H. McRaven, a retired United States Navy admiral who served as the commander of the United States Special Operations Command.

The book is based on a commencement speech that McRaven gave at the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. In his speech, McRaven shared ten lessons he learned from his experiences as a Navy SEAL and how they could be applied to everyday life. The speech went viral, and the book expands upon those lessons.

The first lesson McRaven shares is to make your bed every morning. This may seem like a small and insignificant task, but McRaven argues that it sets the tone for the rest of the day. By completing a task first thing in the morning, you start the day with a sense of accomplishment and control. He also notes that if you have a bad day, at least you’ll come home to a bed that’s made.

McRaven goes on to discuss the importance of taking on challenges and facing your fears. He shares stories from his time as a Navy SEAL and how he and his team overcame seemingly impossible obstacles. He argues that by embracing challenges, you can grow stronger and become a better version of yourself.

Another lesson McRaven shares is the importance of teamwork. He discusses the importance of relying on your team members and supporting them in order to achieve a common goal. He shares stories from his time in the military, where the success of the mission relied on the cooperation and support of every team member.

The book is filled with anecdotes and stories from McRaven’s time in the military, and he uses these stories to illustrate the lessons he’s learned. He also includes stories of other people who have overcome challenges and achieved great things in their lives.

Overall, “Make Your Bed” is an inspiring and motivational book. McRaven’s lessons are simple but powerful, and they can be applied to anyone’s life, regardless of their profession or background. The book is easy to read and can be finished in a single sitting.

One of the strengths of the book is how practical the lessons are. McRaven provides clear and actionable steps that readers can take to apply the lessons to their own lives. For example, he provides a step-by-step guide on how to make your bed properly.

Another strength of the book is McRaven’s storytelling ability. His stories are engaging and memorable, and they help bring the lessons to life. He also shares stories of his own failures and mistakes, which makes him relatable and human.

The only criticism of the book is that some of the lessons may seem simplistic or obvious. For example, the importance of taking on challenges and facing your fears is something that is often repeated in self-help and motivational books. However, McRaven’s unique perspective and the stories he shares make the lessons feel fresh and new.

In conclusion, “Make Your Bed” is a book that is worth reading. It’s a quick and easy read that is filled with practical advice and inspiring stories. The lessons are simple but powerful, and they can help anyone achieve their goals and become a better version of themselves.

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