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Publisher's Summary

Based on the incredible graduation speech with over 10 million views on YouTube

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.


On May 21, 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 10 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 listeners to achieve more, even in life's darkest moments.
©2017 William H. McRaven (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By A. Yoshida on 01-31-18

Watch the YouTube video

There is a YouTube video of Admiral William H. McRaven giving a commencement speech at the University of Texas. It is about following ten principles that he learned from Navy Seal training to change himself and to change the world. This book adds depth to the ten principles with stories from his years in military service. Watch the video first. If you enjoy that, you'll probably enjoy the book. Military analogies for life lessons might not appeal to everyone.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 10-21-17

inspiring, deeply moving, and empowering

At 66 years old, I thought for sure my character was well-crafted and established for the rest of my life. I believed that I had read most all of the important authors and had been exposed to the most important Concepts for a successful life. This book, in its simplicity, has introduced me to a new code for action. Know I have a new Mantra to repeat every morning. It comes in the form of a list that I hand-wrote after reading this book. 10 points to live by. As I write this I look forward to a better life because of making my bed. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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By Joe on 05-29-17

Good advice, but a tad repetitive

I heard about this book from a podcast interview and liked the sound of this book. I even put aside my reservations about the price (just under £10), given such a short book.

However, just about everything mentioned in the book was covered in the 20-40 minute podcast and the book seems to repeat itself at times.

Perhaps a shorter book and much lower price would make this work. There is 4-5 star advice given, but quite a lot of padding.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-31-17

Very Inspiring

Really enjoyed this book and feel inspired by the stories told. It has helped me become more disciplined in my daily life and have started taking pride in the way I compete the mundane tasks that I often neglected then would pay for it later

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-11-17

Terrific Book

A great inspiration. Some wonderful life lessons that I will be passing onto my children. Highly recommended.

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