Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe the World – William H. McRaven

Remarkable. Motivating. Straightforward. 

In May 2014 McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin with an inspiring and practical commencement speech. He shared his most ‘notable nuggets’ he learned during his Navy SEAL training that supported him through all aspects of his life. Not long after the speech went viral with over 10 million views. This tiny book packs quite a punch and is applicable to all ages. It is filled with wisdom, but the following resonated loud and clear…

Notable Nugget:

  • Life’s Not Fair, Drive On! – McRaven shares an invaluable anecdote about being a ‘sugar cookie’ (diving into the water followed by rolling around on the beach covering every inch of his body with sand) during SEAL training. This typically occurred for absolutely no reason other than quickly learning the lesson that life is not fair. Sometimes you’re a sugar cookie and sometimes you’re not; accept it and move forward. Hooyah.