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Make Your Bed

Little Things That Can Change Your Life...and Maybe the World
Written by: William H. McRaven
Narrated by: William H. McRaven
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (124 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Based on a Navy SEAL's inspiring graduation speech, this number-one New York Times best seller 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)

©2017 William H. McRaven (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Good not great.

I prefer less story more to the point. I feel this could have been wrapped up and much shorter. Appreciate the lessons learned, and stories but maybe a bit more structured and shorter would be good.

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Life lessons

I've lost count how many times I have listened to this book. Whenever I need a pick me up...I listen. Love McRaven's voice. Great lessons for life.

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Motivating..... could have been better....

It's motivating, could have been better without Saddam mention, which points to an agenda which can be avoided while talking to a global listener....

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Short and Simple

The books had some good takeaway, but felt somewhat simple and shorter than expected.

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Simple Experience

The advice and the way the author has written and narrated his book has simply changed the way I look at life. I wish I was there at Texas when he was giving this speech.

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Good.

Good listen. This is a good book that I enjoyed listening to. Good job. Thank you.

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Simple and Powerful

Simple rules to live by everyday and backed up by his life experiences of Navy Seal Training. Easy listen and my 3 teenagers are listening to it now.

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The best pep talk you could ask for

A brief, to the point, bold, and completely inspiring pep talk! Enjoyed every minute of this book.

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Simple yet powerful

The power of this book comes from its simplicity. It was a great story and always a treat to hear the author read their story to you!

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Quick and painless.

This was the first audiobook I have ever heard. I enjoyed it very much, I will recommend to others.

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 2018-01-31

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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  • Richard
  • 2017-10-21

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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  • Sean Knudsen
  • 2017-04-12

Simple and straightforward

A book about a man's lessons learned from life in the military, especially bootcamp. I thought the author's insight was interesting, but i really didn't think it was very deep, just mostly impassioned. I did appreciate the reminder that even planning and hard work doesn't always pay off the way we think it will, and that sometimes life challenges are rewarding in their own way.

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  • 2017-12-22

Get over being a sugar cookie!!

Truly spectacular, I really needed to hear this message. Directly applies to my life in the private sector and I have listened to it more than once, it was fantastic listening to Admiral McRaven present the book in his own voice. You don't expect the candor or to hear of his failures-----MUST MUST Read/listen you won't regret the purchase!

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  • Mark A. Skiba
  • 2017-04-13

Amazing find and read!

This book is one of the best concise guides on how to change your outlook on life but also lead it to your fullest potential! Totally found it on accident while looking for something new to read. Highly recommended.

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  • Kim B
  • 2017-04-26

The best book I have ever listened to!!

Thank you McCraven for writing AND narrating this book!
I know it will change my life from here forward, and only wish I had read it when I was a child.
Your work will not be in vain!
Thank you and God bless you.

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  • lucyz91
  • 2017-11-10

Wonderful Life Lessons

If all men and women aspired to be half of what this man stands for, our world would be a better place to live. This book should be required reading for all schools and a class should be developed to help kids understand the deeper meaning that Admiral William H. McRaven is trying to get across. The best book I’ve ever listen to.

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  • Jonathan Keller
  • 2017-04-22

Concise & Powerful

One of the higher "value for word" books I've read. Admiral McRaven is inspiring without being preachy, and comes across as both extremely knowledgeable and extremely humble. Simple but profound stories of courage, heroism, dedication. Will definitely listen to this one again and again.

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  • Carla M. Dal Colletto
  • 2017-04-11

That voice!

Listening to Gen McRaven's amazing voice totally makes this story on Audible worthwhile, never mind that it is, hands down, the most inspirational story I've ever heard!

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  • allison
  • 2017-04-22

Life Changing

Listened to this in a dark moment. "Life constantly puts you in situations where quitting seems so much easier than continuing on. Where the olds are so stacked against you, that giving up seems the rational thing to do. "

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