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Book Summary - Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World By Admiral William H. McRaven

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In Navy SEAL training, there is a focus on ten lessons that teach individuals how to foster human connections, build on small achievements, eliminate superficial judgment, learn from failed attempts, practice risk-taking, enjoy being challenged, stand strong, and understand the unfairness of life itself. 

The book, “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World” by Admiral William H. McRaven is a rewrite of a commencement speech that was given by the author to the class of 2014 at the University of Texas at Austin. 

“I realized that the past failures had strengthened me, taught me that no one is immune from mistakes. True leaders must learn from their failures, use the lessons to motivate themselves, and not be afraid to try again or make the next...

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Admiral William H. McRaven took the skills and perspective he gained from his Navy SEAL basic training and applied it to all aspects of his life. With the ten lessons that teach individuals how to foster human connections, build on small achievements, eliminate superficial judgment, learn from failed attempts, practice risk-taking, enjoy being challenged, stand strong, and understand the unfairness of life itself, he believes that everyone can reach success. 

About the Author

Admiral William H. McRaven is a retired US Navy Four Star admiral who last served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014. From 2015 to 2018, he served as the chancellor of The University of Texas System. He served from 2008 to 2011 as commander of the Joint Special Operations Command and from 2006 to 2008 as commander of the Special Operations Command Europe. He was the first director of the NATO Special Operations Forces Coordination Centre. He retired from the US Navy on August 28, 2014. He served more than 37 years in service. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism. He holds a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.




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