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Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World Hardcover – April 4, 2017
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"Should be read by every leader in America... [MAKE YOUR BED] is a book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything that they can. It is a book to discuss with your executive leadership team as a spur to meeting shared goals. Most of all, it is a book that will leave you with tears in your eyes."―Wall Street Journal
"Full of captivating personal anecdotes from inside the national security vault...McRaven's lessons, like his commencement speech, extend far beyond his bed-making. He devotes the 10-chapter book to lessons about moving beyond failure, standing up to bullies and giving others hope."―Washington Post
"McRaven...has taken the genesis of what he learned during SEAL training and his nearly four decades in Navy Special Operations into a thin, powerful book."―USA Today
"Exquisitely simple...superb, smart, and succinct ideas."―Forbes
About the Author
Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) served with great distinction in the Navy. In his thirty-seven years as a Navy SEAL, he commanded at every level. As a Four-Star Admiral, his final assignment was as Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces. He is now Chancellor of the University of Texas System.
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("Make your Bed" offers us the classic lesson of grit and determination, but with a new and humble slant. I am thinking of how I might show the book to people I am trying to convince when I argue with them. I can say to them that I am not giving up on my ideas, and I can hold up the book.)
(Adm.McCraven came from a military family. His father served in WWII and he was an NFL football player. So he was inspired, but this is not mentioned)
Right now, I am trying to write a book on student motivation. This book may help me to keep going, in the face of resistance and frustration
I wonder if students in high school and college might benefit from this book. Kids should brace themselves for the inevitable discouragements of school, the tedium and the competition. It makes sense that Adm. McRaven now heads the Univ. of Tex system, so he can focus on students.
Since the book is so small, there is not reason, not to read it. Adm.McRaven's words can also be found on YouTube. But I would take his powerful advice with a "grain of salt", especially with highly sensitive people (like myself).
Admiral William H. McRaven has ten pieces of advice for you. You can add to the ten million views of his University of Texas Commencement address on YouTube. Or you can read -- in about the same amount of time -- the book it inspired: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World.
The book is a best seller, and has generated a lot of buzz in a diverse range of media outlets. Each of his "lessons" opens with a challenging story from his SEAL training off Coronado in San Diego (I optimistically project that I would have made it about three minutes in SEAL training). Each lesson concludes with a real-word application of that knowledge, generally in combat or other serious moment.
The last "self-help" book I read was Dr. Wayne Dyer in 1977. And, no, I didn't help. This belongs, perhaps, in that genre, but if so it redeems it. The Admiral didn't receive any participation trophies and is not handing them out. Curiously, he is currently serving as Chancellor of the University of Texas System, providing one more bit of hope for the Lone Star State.
But McRaven's advice is real-world. It is applicable outside the military, but realistic and substantive enough for life-or-death leadership.
"Over the course of the next three years, John Kelly and I became close friends. He was a remarkable officer, a strong husband to his wife, Karen, and a loving father to his daughter, Kate, and oldest son, Marine Major John Kelly. But more than that, without ever knowing it, John Kelly gave all those around him hope. Hope that in the very worst of times we could rise above the pain, the disappointment, and the agony and be strong. That we each had within us the ability to carry on and not only to survive but also to inspire others.
"Hope is the most powerful force in the universe. With hope you can inspire nations to greatness. With hope you can raise up the downtrodden. With hope you can ease the pain of unbearable loss.
"Sometimes all it takes is one person to make a difference. We will all find ourselves neck deep in mud someday. That is the time to sing loudly, to smile broadly, to lift up those around you."
No, I'm not providing the background for this quote. Buy and enjoy this short but powerful book. Five stars.
Shame on this publisher for price gouging on the ebook.
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