Believe in it® Athlete,
At the University of Texas at Austin on May 17, 2014 Admiral William H. McRaven gave a commencement address to his alma mater.
McRaven was the commander of the US Special Operations Command that organized the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.
Each one of his lessons is supported by a personal story of his time as a Navy Seal.
1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
McRaven says, "It is a simple task, mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle hardened SEALs - but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.
If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.
And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made, that you made, and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better."
2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.
Each of McRaven's 10 lessons come with a short story and context.
Take a deep breath, enjoy a cup of coffee or cold gatorade and spend a few minutes soaking in his lessons.
Read or Watch all 10 Lessons:
- Watch his 20 minute speech here.
- Read the full transcript via University of Texas here.
- Read a shortened version of his speech via Business Insider here.
In true Texas fashion he finished with, "Hook 'em horns!"
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"If you can't do the little things right, you will never do the big things right." - Admiral William McRaven
Have a great rest of your week!
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The Believe in it® Team