US Navy Admiral William H. McRaven gave a moving speech detailing his SEAL training and the importance of doing little things, embracing fears, and finding the courage to change the world.
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Admiral William H. McRaven, “If You Want to Change the World, Start Off by Making Your Bed.”
Admiral McRaven starts early on saying,
“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.”
He went on,
“And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.”
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”
There are a lot of sharks in the world. If you hope to complete the swim you will have to deal with them.
Next, Admiral William H. McRaven spoke on the rigors of swim training to become a Navy SEAL,
“Before the swim the instructors joyfully brief the trainees on all the species of sharks that inhabit the waters off San Clemente. They assure you, however, that no student has ever been eaten by a shark — at least not recently. But, you are also taught that if a shark begins to circle your position — stand your ground. Do not swim away. Do not act afraid. And if the shark, hungry for a midnight snack, darts towards you — then summon up all your strength and punch him in the snout, and he will turn and swim away.”
“There are a lot of sharks in the world. If you hope to complete the swim you will have to deal with them.”
If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.
The training gets even tougher. The Admiral talks about how the conditions were when doing boat training. He spoke of a particular boat crew he called the munchkin boat crew. Saying,
“The munchkin boat crew had one American Indian, one African American, one Polish American, one Greek American, one Italian American, and two tough kids from the midwest. They out-paddled, out-ran and out-swam all the other boat crews. The big men in the other boat crews would always make good-natured fun of the tiny little flippers the munchkins put on their tiny little feet prior to every swim. But somehow these little guys, from every corner of the nation and the world, always had the last laugh — swimming faster than everyone and reaching the shore long before the rest of us.”
“If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.”
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