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Make Your Bed - Admiral William H. McRaven

Make Your Bed

By Admiral William H. McRaven

  • Release Date: 2017-04-04
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
From 1,384 Ratings


Based on a Navy SEAL's inspiring graduation speech, this #1 New York Times bestseller of powerful life lessons "should be read by every leader in America" (Wall Street Journal).

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

On May 17, 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 ten 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 readers to achieve more, even in life's darkest moments.
"Powerful." --USA Today

"Full of captivating personal anecdotes from inside the national security vault." --Washington Post

"Superb, smart, and succinct." --Forbes


  • Great Book I recommend.

    By Kapsterrr
    Great Book I recommend.
  • Amazing

    By Benji4291
    One of the best books I’ve read it is really motivational definitely 5 stars
  • No

    By julia.rose.
    I would’ve enjoyed it, but my school made me read it during a pandemic while I had other classes to complete homework for.
  • This is the best bruh

    By dre50f
  • Excellence.

    By classroomrap
    Admiral McRaven details BUD/S and SEAL training like no other and in doing so teaches the hidden lessons many struggle to see in the grueling weeks of BUD/S. I am and have always been a very big fan of Admiral McRaven’s book, teachings and lessons. A stellar officer with a stellar career, a true military leader at heart with so much to teach. Excellent read.
  • Great book

    By HH12345):!;!:&/'s
    It’s one of the few books you can’t put down. Simple message with powerful impact on your daily life, from the moment you see the cover.
  • Life Changing

    By jay020709
    Awesome book!! It help me get some perspective on life when I really needed it.
  • Inspiring Work

    By R.M.2019
    This is a tremendous book with valuable lessons that I will teach to my sons. Highly recommended. Admiral McRaven is a true American hero that we can all learn from.
  • Excellent

    By Cool beans 121
    Very well written story with a lot of good life lessons. Definitely recommend this as a must read!
  • Quick, Inspiring Read

    By 1023334
    This book is a good quick read that will teach you life lessons from a former Navy Seal. If you like reading the many books from former Seals, this is a must to add to your collection. Quick and concise, the author gets to the point of each lesson in each chapter.