Retired Admiral William H. McRaven, who has spent the majority of his life as a Navy SEAL, gave an empowering commencement speech to the 2014 University of Texas graduating class. Thousands were in attendance. And what he spoke about was nothing out of the ordinary. It wasn’t some grandiose idea that only he could think of. But his ideas, or at least the way he expressed them, got turned into a great little book.
And the subtitle really does live up to the hype. If you dig just a little bit deeper into the 10 life lessons that he provides you with, you really will change your life and I am willing to bet you can change part of the world around you as well. After all, everything outside of you is the rest of the world. And you won’t figure out what all of this means by just reading line by line below…you really do have to dig into the mud…swim into the surf…open your heart and your mind…and be willing to change your perspective when needed.
- Start off by making your bed (“one small task completed can make all the difference”)
- Find someone to help you paddle
- Measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers
- Get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward
- Don’t be afraid of the circuses (“having to do a little extra”)
- Sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first
- Don’t back down from the sharks
- You must be your very best in the darkest moment
- Start singing when you are up to your neck in mud
- Don’t ever, ever ring the bell
So I challenge you to take a few of these things on. Really take them to heart and begin to make little changes that won’t just affect you today, but will have a lasting impact in the years to come.