Make Your Bed
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.

Make Your Bed Details

TitleMake Your Bed
Author
ReleaseApr 4th, 2017
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
ISBN-139781478968177
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Personal Development, Audiobook, Leadership

Make Your Bed Review

  • Judith
    January 1, 1970
    Don't get me wrong, the author is an American hero and he deserves to make a buck with his advice and anecdotes, all wrapped up in time for graduation gift giving. I don't doubt for a second that this advice is good for anyone who anticipates a military career. You should learn how to make your bed with military precision, and you should appreciate teamwork, get over yourself and accept that life is not fair, and never give up, etc.,etc. The obvious problem with this type of one-size-fits-all ad Don't get me wrong, the author is an American hero and he deserves to make a buck with his advice and anecdotes, all wrapped up in time for graduation gift giving. I don't doubt for a second that this advice is good for anyone who anticipates a military career. You should learn how to make your bed with military precision, and you should appreciate teamwork, get over yourself and accept that life is not fair, and never give up, etc.,etc. The obvious problem with this type of one-size-fits-all advice is that some people who shouldn't be listening to it use it to justify their behavior. For example, one of my pet peeves is people who are obese but have perfectly salon-manicured nails. The reason it bugs me is that those people spent time and money sitting in a nail salon when they should have been out exercising---walking at the very least. If you talk to them about it, you will find they think they don't have time for exercise or money for a gym but the one area of their lives they can control is their salon perfect nails. They probably made their beds too using the same logic. " I can't control the rest of my day but my bed is made."Can you imagine telling Jackson Pollack that things would go better for him if he just made his bed every morning or telling Leo Tolstoy to be more of a team player. As for never giving up, the author is certain that all of the people in his training program are sorry that they gave up when they did. They might be, but I bet they're not as sorry as the families of those who died trying to make the program and pushed themselves beyond their tolerance. I'm just saying: it's a charming notion to think that focusing on the small stuff will lead to greater accomplishment. But maybe we shouldn't sweat the small stuff. Hey---a good idea for a book!
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  • Kenny
    January 1, 1970
    “It is easy to blame your lot in life on some outside force, to stop trying because you believe fate is against you. It is easy to think that where you were raised, how your parents treated you, or what school you went to is all that determines your future. Nothing could be further from the truth. The common people and the great men and women are all defined by how they deal with life’s unfairness: Helen Keller, Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawking, Malala Yousafzai, and—Moki Martin. Sometimes no mat “It is easy to blame your lot in life on some outside force, to stop trying because you believe fate is against you. It is easy to think that where you were raised, how your parents treated you, or what school you went to is all that determines your future. Nothing could be further from the truth. The common people and the great men and women are all defined by how they deal with life’s unfairness: Helen Keller, Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawking, Malala Yousafzai, and—Moki Martin. Sometimes no matter how hard you try, no matter how good you are, you still end up as a sugar cookie. Don’t complain. Don’t blame it on your misfortune. Stand tall, look to the future, and drive on!” ― William H. McRaven, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the WorldThis is a gem of a book. Packed full of wisdom and big lessons in 130 pages. I read it slowly and took a different lesson in daily. This is a book I will return over and over again. Rather than go on and on about it, I will share McRaven's lessons with you, but trust me, you will want to read this book to get the full impact of the lessons.
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  • Starjustin
    January 1, 1970
    5 well earned stars for this motivational story of Admiral William H. McRavens journey to becoming a navy seal. This book was written and narrated in 2017 by the Admiral himself. The book also includes his famous commencement speech, which took place on May 21st, 2014, for the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin.Admiral McRaven speaks of 10 steps to follow "if you want to change your life or maybe the world."I won't list the steps here however, I will say that I was very 'taken 5 well earned stars for this motivational story of Admiral William H. McRavens journey to becoming a navy seal. This book was written and narrated in 2017 by the Admiral himself. The book also includes his famous commencement speech, which took place on May 21st, 2014, for the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin.Admiral McRaven speaks of 10 steps to follow "if you want to change your life or maybe the world."I won't list the steps here however, I will say that I was very 'taken' by this book and the Admirals experiences, as well as those who served with him, to make the USA and the world a safer place. The book is only 12 short chapters but is loaded with life-changing information that can lead 'any' individual to find purpose and self-worth in improving their life and the lives of others. I recommend this book to all my GR friends and to all others as well.
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  • Mildred
    January 1, 1970
    Straight talk from a former Navy SEALThere are many "self-help" books on the market that contain solid information. However, General McRaven's Make Your Bed comes across as refreshingly different from those books by well known self-help gurus like Dr. Phil or Tony Robbins mainly because the anecdotes he uses to illustrate his ten key points are gleaned from his experiences as a Navy SEAL. I read this little book in one sitting and plan to buy copies for my children. In a nutshell, McRaven says t Straight talk from a former Navy SEALThere are many "self-help" books on the market that contain solid information. However, General McRaven's Make Your Bed comes across as refreshingly different from those books by well known self-help gurus like Dr. Phil or Tony Robbins mainly because the anecdotes he uses to illustrate his ten key points are gleaned from his experiences as a Navy SEAL. I read this little book in one sitting and plan to buy copies for my children. In a nutshell, McRaven says that life is tough, but meeting challenges with discipline, determination, a positive attitude and the support of others will most often lead an individual to a meaningful life that will inspire others.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    Simple things change a life. While the rules are simple, the more critical among us say too simple, listening to the captivating stories Admiral McRaven shares, anecdotes from his Navy SEAL training, should leave you in awe. He shares the fundamental life lessons he acquired through harrowing circumstances that are simple truths which anyone can apply to face the challenges of life. And don’t we all make life way more complicated than it already is?McRaven spent 37 years as a Navy SEAL, became Simple things change a life. While the rules are simple, the more critical among us say too simple, listening to the captivating stories Admiral McRaven shares, anecdotes from his Navy SEAL training, should leave you in awe. He shares the fundamental life lessons he acquired through harrowing circumstances that are simple truths which anyone can apply to face the challenges of life. And don’t we all make life way more complicated than it already is?McRaven spent 37 years as a Navy SEAL, became Commander of all U.S. Special Forces and led the operation that vanquished Osama Bin Laden. This book, an expansion of a 2014 commencement speech at the University of Texas, is inspiring with its succinct, yet powerful messages. I recommend listening to this reserved, accomplished man reveal the values that have shaped his life and that can be guiding principles in yours.
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  • Pardis
    January 1, 1970
    وظایف هر روز را کامل کنید. فردی را بیابید که در زندگی به شما کمک کند. به همه احترام بگذارید. بدانید که زندگی عادل نیست و اغلب با شکست مواجه می شوید ولی اگر ریسک کنید، در سختترین لحظات بایستید، با زورگوها مقابله کنید، دست شکست خورده ها را بگیرید و هرگز و هرگز دست از تلاش نکشید...اگر این کارها را انجام دهید، در این صورت نسل بعدی و نسل های بعد از آن در دنیایی بسیار بهتر از دنیای امروز زندگی خواهند کرد. کاری که در اینجا آغاز شود، در حقیقت دنیا را به جایی بهتر تغییر خواهد داد.
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  • Cheese
    January 1, 1970
    This is very Team America in parts with some mixed blessings.He means well, but saying at the start "God bless all the american citizens who died in 9/11", but erm what about all the other people who died who weren't american citizens ay?Make your bed dammit!
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  • Gypsy
    January 1, 1970
    اولاً ممنون از شادی عزیز (اگه اسمشونو درست نوشته باشم، چون انگلیسی نوشتن و فکر نمیکنم چادی خونده شه) که سرفصلهاشو توی ریویوشون آوردن که دم دستمون باشه کتاب دربارۀ چیه.عنوان کتاب منو جذب نمیکرد و خیلی در برابر خوندنش جنگیدم. پرفروش شدنش هم مازاد بر علت شد. هم میتونی یه کتاب زرد ببینیش همم یه کتابِ صرفاً کمککننده. تازگی میخوام دیگه خیلی راحت عنوان زرد بودن به کتابها ندم، بهخصوص اینطور کتابها که ممکنه برا هرکس فرق کنه و عمیقاً روی یه نفر تأثیر بذاره و زندگیش رو تغییر بده. بعد من کی باشم بگم کتاب پی اولاً ممنون از شادی عزیز (اگه اسمشونو درست نوشته باشم، چون انگلیسی نوشتن و فکر نمی‌کنم چادی خونده شه) که سرفصل‌هاشو توی ریویوشون آوردن که دم دست‌مون باشه کتاب دربارۀ چیه.عنوان کتاب منو جذب نمی‌کرد و خیلی در برابر خوندنش جنگیدم. پرفروش شدنش هم مازاد بر علت شد. هم می‌تونی یه کتاب زرد ببینیش همم یه کتابِ صرفاً کمک‌کننده. تازگی می‌خوام دیگه خیلی راحت عنوان زرد بودن به کتاب‌ها ندم، به‌خصوص این‌طور کتاب‌ها که ممکنه برا هرکس فرق کنه و عمیقاً روی یه نفر تأثیر بذاره و زندگیش رو تغییر بده. بعد من کی باشم بگم کتاب پیش‌پاافتاده‌ایه.بعضی از چیزهایی که گفت واقعاً خوب بودن. مثل همین مرتب کردن تخت‌خواب. من از وقتی خوندمش سعی می‌کنم هرروز انجام بدم. یا چندتا مورد آخر. باز ارجاع می‌دم به ریویوی این دوست خوب‌مون که گفت با دونستن داستان پشت گزینه‌هایی که مطرح می‌کنه، برامون می‌تونه با کتاب‌های زرد فرق کنه. درکل یه کتاب سبک و کوچیک برا وقتی می‌خوای زود حالتو خوب کنی!
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  • Chadi
    January 1, 1970
    نویسنده یک دریاسالاره که از تجربه های شغلیش به عنوان فرمول هایی که میشه در زندگی روزمره هم به کار برد حرف میزنه. من تیتر وار می نویسمشون که مرور کنم گاهی و یادم نره اما خوندن فقط فرمول هاش بدون دونستن داستانی که بعد از هرکدوم روایت میکنه, خالی از لطف و مثل فرمول های زرد و عامیانه "چگونه در سه سوت موفق شویم" خواهد بود.داستان هاش باعث میشن که هر کدوم از تیترها رو به شکل تجربه ولو از طریق فرد دیگر بهتر درک کنیم. مخصوصا اونجایی که داستانی مشترک با نویسنده پیدا میکنیم و سرمونو تند تند به نشونه تایید نویسنده یک دریاسالاره که از تجربه های شغلیش به عنوان فرمول هایی که میشه در زندگی روزمره هم به کار برد حرف میزنه. من تیتر وار می نویسمشون که مرور کنم گاهی و یادم نره اما خوندن فقط فرمول هاش بدون دونستن داستانی که بعد از هرکدوم روایت میکنه, خالی از لطف و مثل فرمول های زرد و عامیانه "چگونه در سه سوت موفق شویم" خواهد بود.داستان هاش باعث میشن که هر کدوم از تیترها رو به شکل تجربه ولو از طریق فرد دیگر بهتر درک کنیم. مخصوصا اونجایی که داستانی مشترک با نویسنده پیدا میکنیم و سرمونو تند تند به نشونه تایید تکون و به خوندن ادامه میدیم :)یک. روزتان را با به انجام رساندن یک کار شروع کنید (که مثال مرتب کردن تخت رو میزنه با این نتیجه گیری که حتا بعد از داشتن یک روز سخت, وقتی به خونه برمیگردین و با تخت مرتب مواجه میشین به یاد میارید که تمام چیزی که احتیاج دارین ایجاد و پیگیری همین دیسیپلین حتا در ابعاد کوچیکهدو. نمیتوانید به تنهایی از پس کارهایتان برآیید (مثال قایقی رو میزنه که چندین نفر باید با هم و هماهنگ پارو بزنن اگر میخوان به ساحل برسند. و میگه گاهی قوی ها جور ضعیف ها رو میکشن چون در غیر این صورت مهم نیست که تقسیم کارها یکسان نیست: به هر حال قایق به ساحل نخواهد رسید اگه کسی که میتونه ضعف هم تیمی شو جبران کنه اینکارو نکنه. یه نکته اینکه به نظرم این موضوع مطلق نیست. الان در روانکاوی بهای خوشبختانه منصفانه ای به افراد درونگرا داده میشه و سعی در شناخت و درک بیشترشون و شناسوندنشون به دیگران هم هست. افراد درونگرا خیلی جاها به تنهایی عملکرد قوی تر و سریعتری دارن که لزوم حتمی و قطعی تیم ورکینگ رو میشه به این شکل تعدیل کرد. با این همه باز هم به عنوان یه درونگرا, همیشه به نظرم با هم پارو زدن چیز قشنگی اومدهسه. فقط بزرگی دلتان مهم استکه خب نیازی به توضیح نداره. اینکه مهم نیست ظاهر, تحصیلات, وضعیت مالی آدما در چه حالیه. اگه دلشون به اندازه کافی بزرگه اونا رو دست کم نگیرید و گیو دم عه شات :)چهار. زندگی عادلانه نیست - ادامه دهیدداستان این فصل رو دوست داشتم. گاهی فرمانده هاشون بیخودی بهشون گیر میدن و مجازات هم اینه که با یونیفرم کامل باید برن توی آب و بعد روی ساحل بغلتن تا سر تا پاشون ماسه ای بشه و تا آخر روز همونجور خیس و ماسه ای باید بمونن. اسم مجازات رو گذاشتن "بیسکوییت شکری" :)) میخواسته بگه گاهی تو از هر نظر تلاشت رو کردی که پرفکت باشی و حتا هستی ولی اوضاع جوری که میخوای پیش نمیره که خب زندگی همینه و هرچی زودتر اینو یاد بگیری به نفعتهپنج. شکست, انسان را قوی تر میکندشخصا اگه در همون لحظه شکست کسی اینو بهم بگه, میتونه بلافاصله دندوناشو در یک پکیج از من تحویل بگیره. به نظرم بهتر بود میگفت نحوه ی گذار از شکست به ثبات بعدش هست که انسان رو قوی تر میکنه. یکی میتونه شکست بخوره و بعد خودشو بکشه. مسلما قوی تر نشده که این تصمیم رو گرفته. ضمن اینکه در کنار اون گذار, همیشه حضور یک منتور/حامی مناسب نقش بی اندازه ای دارهشش. باید جسارت زیادی داشته باشیدتوضیح نمیخواد دیگه, هوم؟ چون واسه خودم صرف زنده بودن و زندگی کردن و در دل تاریکی ها همچنان به امید داشتن ادامه دادن, همه اینا خودش جسارت میخواد. ماها آدمای جسوری هستیم که در هر شرایطی بلند میشیم و ادامه میدیم :)هفت. جلوی زورگوها بایستیدخب بستگی داره به نظرم. ایستادگی باید همراه با هوشمندی باشه, نه به هر قیمتی. داستانش بهم نچسبید واسه همین. هوشمندی رو که حذف کنیم اون ایستادگی یجورایی رنگ حماقت میگیره گاهیهشت. در شرایط سخت, بیشتر تلاش کنیدخیلی سخته. خیلی خیلی سخته. اما ممکنه. تمام کاری که در کنار این تلاش کردن باید انجام بدیم اینه که از یاد نبریم که هیچ راهی نیست کان را نیست پایانو البته یادم به حرفای یه استاد برنامه نویسی میشیگان افتاد که میگفت دونت ورک هارد! ورک اسمارت! لعنتی خیلی خوب بود جمله ش :دینه. به دیگران امید بدهیدکیف کردم از این فصل. اونجایی که تا گردن در گل سرد فرو رفته بودن و فرمانده از قصد تشویق به تسلیم شدن و جا زدن میکرد و زمانی که یکی شون نزدیک بود جا بزنه و بره بیرون, یک نفر شروع میکنه آواز خوندن و بقیه باهاش همراه میشن و روحیه میگیرن و ادامه میدن. اینکه حتا در بدترین شرایط چقد یک نفر میتونه روی یک گروه اثر خوبی بذاره و نیرو بده بهشون. و این آدم لزوما کسی نیست که در وضعیت خوبی به سر میبره; لزوما کسی نیست که حتا اون تجربه رو پشت سر گذاشته; میتونه یکی باشه دقیقا در شرایط مشابه, که هنوز امید داره, هنوز آواز میخونه. فکر میکنم آخرین کاری که در زندگی باید ازش دست بکشیم, آواز خوندنه :)ده. هرگز تسلیم نشویدحرف جدیدی ندارم :)) بریم آواز بخونیم یه کم
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  • Samira Fadaei
    January 1, 1970
    از نويسنده بسيار ممنونم كه سعى نكرده نگاهى تجارى به كتابش داشته باشهو خيلى مختصر و مفيد در مورد اين نكاتى كه حالا از نظر خودش ميتونه زندگى رو تغيير بده ، نوشتهاگه اين نويسنده هاى انگيزشى نويس ميخواستن اين كتاب رو بنويسن احتمالا از هر نكته اى كه جناب مك ريون در ٣،٤ صفحه بيان كرده ، يك كتاب ٥٠٠ صفحه اى بيرون ميدادن ..نكاتى كه درياسالار مك ريون اينجا نوشته به نظر من ديگه خدايى خيلى كليشه اى شدهمن خودم علاقه اى به كتاب هاى انگيزشى ندارمو اين كتاب رو فقط بخاطر نويسنده اش خريدم چون هميشه نظامى ها و زن از نويسنده بسيار ممنونم كه سعى نكرده نگاهى تجارى به كتابش داشته باشهو خيلى مختصر و مفيد در مورد اين نكاتى كه حالا از نظر خودش ميتونه زندگى رو تغيير بده ، نوشتهاگه اين نويسنده هاى انگيزشى نويس ميخواستن اين كتاب رو بنويسن احتمالا از هر نكته اى كه جناب مك ريون در ٣،٤ صفحه بيان كرده ، يك كتاب ٥٠٠ صفحه اى بيرون ميدادن ..نكاتى كه درياسالار مك ريون اينجا نوشته به نظر من ديگه خدايى خيلى كليشه اى شدهمن خودم علاقه اى به كتاب هاى انگيزشى ندارمو اين كتاب رو فقط بخاطر نويسنده اش خريدم چون هميشه نظامى ها و زندگيشون رو خيلى دوست دارم و انتظار داشتم يه نكات بهتر و مفيدتر و يا حداقل جالب ترى اينجا گفته مى شدولى خب انتظاراتم رو برآورده نكرد 😥فقط خوبيش اين بود كه خيلى كوتاه بود و نويسنده سريع رفته بود سر اصل مطلب و حاشيه نرفته بود..البته اينم بگم نكاتى رو كه ميگه خب واقعا درسته يعنى در هر كارى ادم بايد اين نكات رو رعايت كنهنكاتى مثل جسور و منظم باش ، به ديگر افراد گروه كمك كن و از شكست خوردن نترس و .....در كل از نظر من يه كتاب ِ معمولى بود و من اصلا نپسنديدم
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    Fast, fun and motivational read filled with life lessons. Written in a friendly conversational style, the practical advice can be applied by anyone. Highly recommended!
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    MAKE YOUR BED is a thoughtful meditation of an American hero’s collective experiences. SUMMARYOn 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 slogan “what starts here changes the world,” He shared ten principles he learned during his Navy seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long naval career but also throughout his life.“If yo MAKE YOUR BED is a thoughtful meditation of an American hero’s collective experiences. SUMMARY
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 slogan “what starts here changes the world,” He shared ten principles he learned during his Navy seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long naval career but also throughout his life.“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished your first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day that one task completed will turn into many tasks completed. Making your bed will reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”REVIEW
McRaven recounts many poignant tales from his naval training and military experiences that served as the impetus for his ten principles. It was very interesting having a small window into SEAL training. The principle are sage advice of heart, perseverance, courage, and risk. The book seems redundant at times but the message was good. Loved learning about the SEAL unique recipe for sugar cookies. MAKE YOUR BED would be a good gift for new high school and college graduates who may potentially facing challenges and workplace adversity for the first time. Overall, the book is a short, quick and entertaining read.
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  • 7jane
    January 1, 1970
    (I use this kindle cover, because the hardback doesn't have the picture, which is the same as this.)This book is made out of the speech the author gave in 2014 - 10 principles learned during Navy SEAL training. The principles are given as help to overcome challenges in training, career, and life, useful for all to change themselves and the world for the better. Each principle (including the one found in the book title) is followed by real-life Navy SEAL training story example and how each can be (I use this kindle cover, because the hardback doesn't have the picture, which is the same as this.)This book is made out of the speech the author gave in 2014 - 10 principles learned during Navy SEAL training. The principles are given as help to overcome challenges in training, career, and life, useful for all to change themselves and the world for the better. Each principle (including the one found in the book title) is followed by real-life Navy SEAL training story example and how each can be an example for life outside it, too. Many stories involve also other people besides author, and you can feel the respect he has for these persons. (It's true that perhaps you wont make your bed exactly in the style described in the text, but I'm sure even your style can feel an accomplishment. Even before this book, I've felt some accomplishment in seeing my bed neat in the morning, even if a coin would sink in there haha.)Although the book is short, and the chapters are short, this make it a good repeat reading when you need it. It would certainly make good yearly reading, not taking much time from other books. Certainly makes my top-reads list.
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  • Farid Saleh
    January 1, 1970
    این کتاب رو به سفارش یکی از دوستام خوندم و فکر میکردم این هم یه کتاب انگیزشی دیگه مثل خیلی کتابهای دیگه اس که این روزا زیاد میبینم ولی وقتی شروع به خوندنش کردم تونستم از همون اول باهاش رابطه برقرار کنم. شاید به این خاطر بود که موقع آموزشی سربازی خودم خوندمش و این کتاب هم درس هایی هست که یک دریاسالار آمریکایی از زمان ورودش به نیروی دریایی گرفته. شایدم بخاطر این بود که این کتاب فقط حاوی یه سری نکات مفید در رابطه با زندگی نبود، بلکه داستان هایی واقعی از زندگی نویسنده بود که اون نکات را کاملا بولد م این کتاب رو به سفارش یکی از دوستام خوندم و فکر میکردم این هم یه کتاب انگیزشی دیگه مثل خیلی کتابهای دیگه اس که این روزا زیاد میبینم ولی وقتی شروع به خوندنش کردم تونستم از همون اول باهاش رابطه برقرار کنم. شاید به این خاطر بود که موقع آموزشی سربازی خودم خوندمش و این کتاب هم درس هایی هست که یک دریاسالار آمریکایی از زمان ورودش به نیروی دریایی گرفته. شایدم بخاطر این بود که این کتاب فقط حاوی یه سری نکات مفید در رابطه با زندگی نبود، بلکه داستان هایی واقعی از زندگی نویسنده بود که اون نکات را کاملا بولد میکرد. بهرحال از خوندن این کتاب لذت کافی رو بردم.
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  • Cody
    January 1, 1970
    "Remember...start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone. Know that life is fair and you will fail often. But if you take some risks, step up when times are toughest, face down bullies, lift up the downtrodden, and never, ever, give up - if you do these things, then you can change your life for the better...and maybe the world!" (103-104)It was in an op-ed written in the Washington Post that introduced a man to the forefront of attention, who, thr "Remember...start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone. Know that life is fair and you will fail often. But if you take some risks, step up when times are toughest, face down bullies, lift up the downtrodden, and never, ever, give up - if you do these things, then you can change your life for the better...and maybe the world!" (103-104)It was in an op-ed written in the Washington Post that introduced a man to the forefront of attention, who, through service, dedication, and sacrifice had protected and defended the United States for close to four decades mostly behind the scenes. That man, Admiral William McRaven, would go on to offer much in the way of comfort and clear-headed thinking the country may have lost over the past few years with regards to U.S. leadership by stating such things as: "I am a fan of President Obama and President George W. Bush, both of whom I worked for. I admire all presidents, regardless of their political party, who uphold the dignity of the office and who use that office to bring the nation together in challenging times." McRaven went on to write, "Trump has "embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation." The full article to those statements can be found here: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/18/politi...Arguably, Admiral McRaven represents the cream of the crop when it comes to understanding leadership in accordance with American values, much like recently ousted Secretary of Defense James Mattis. In this short-but-sweet book entitled Make Your Own Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World, McRaven recounts his triumphs and tribulations through the intense training he undertook to become a Navy Seal, and how these universally applied ideas can be translated in accordance with anyone one wants to achieve something higher in life. Admittedly gems like "never give up" sound comically generic to any self-help book, but the way McRaven presents himself allows for this fact to be overlooked. It's generally heart-felt and sympathetic, and interestingly McRaven is able to realise the lessons learned here aren't exclusive to the more demanding of military professions. He is someone who through openness and realisation can see the forest through the trees, which sadly is quite refreshing in the current culture of tribalism and hotly contested ideas. The book also has little tidbits of interesting information, regarding the culture of SEAL training and membership, alongside his interactions and observations with Saddam Hussain, who was guarded directly after capture under McRaven's leadership. Although not a ground-breaking book in the art of self-help, it was a pleasant and soothing reminder of the benefits of hard-work overcoming all the struggles we face in life, and how sweet that can really be.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    One of those "inspirational" or self-help books that come out from time to time. I heard the author interviewed, and wanted to read his book. It's a quick read. Each chapter has advise for life, starting out with: "Make your bed." Because when you start out accomplishing something at the start of every day, you are more likely to do more. I had to get the book back to the library or I would have made a succinct list, but other are: "Embrace your failures, because every life has them." "Life isn' One of those "inspirational" or self-help books that come out from time to time. I heard the author interviewed, and wanted to read his book. It's a quick read. Each chapter has advise for life, starting out with: "Make your bed." Because when you start out accomplishing something at the start of every day, you are more likely to do more. I had to get the book back to the library or I would have made a succinct list, but other are: "Embrace your failures, because every life has them." "Life isn't fair." "Never, ever give up. Keep hope." I guess William Raven's address to University of Texas graduating class is on YouTube. It might be worthwhile to take a look at that.
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  • Truman32
    January 1, 1970
    Admiral William H. McRaven’s book, Make Your Bed- Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World is another one of those really small self-help books that you can stack on a really small shelf, maybe in your really small tiny-house right between Maria Shriver’s Just Who Will You Be? And Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture. The retired Admiral’s book of levelheaded insights was originally a commencement speech to the graduating class of the University of Texas in 2014. These common sens Admiral William H. McRaven’s book, Make Your Bed- Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World is another one of those really small self-help books that you can stack on a really small shelf, maybe in your really small tiny-house right between Maria Shriver’s Just Who Will You Be? And Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture. The retired Admiral’s book of levelheaded insights was originally a commencement speech to the graduating class of the University of Texas in 2014. These common sense perceptions are the kind of things most folks have been taught by their parents, but seeing as this is in Texas, their parents were probably too busy marching with the NRA for expanding gun rights or working to impugn the value of women’s reproductive rights to be bothered with advice. Start the day with a task completed. You can’t go it alone. Failure can make you stronger. The lessons should not be new to anyone, yet like most of these things, what we know and what we actually do are often completely different things.For instance, chapter three speaks to it’s only the size of your heart that matters. Though to a large section of people there would be the caveat that the size of your heart matters just a little less then your sexual orientation or how brown your skin is.Chapter seven states we must: stand up to the bullies yet last I checked, the White House is home to possibly one of the bulliest bullies to ever make you do his homework and still get your brown-bagged lunch stepped on while Congress is working hard to take away the health insurance from millions of people.Sigh. I do like books like these—even thought there is nothing really new to be learned, I find them centering. They focus me on what is important and remind me that we all go through periods of tough times and failure.McRaven writes well and the book is a strong compass, pointing to what should be important in our lives. Plus, I now know what the Navy Seals mean by becoming a: sugar cookie, something I have experienced without knowing the definition for many years.
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  • Wesley
    January 1, 1970
    My Rating: 4 Sugar cookiesGreat motivational essay by retired Admiral and Navy SEAL William McRaven.I recommend the audio version that is read by the author, but the book is fine if you prefer the written word. Several life lessons and principals of how to live your life.
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  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    Make Your Bed is an incredible gem packaged tightly into a small book that lends itself well to an easy and quick read. This book offers tidbits that are simplistic yet powerful. Each chapter highlights a little thing that can make great change in one’s life which then can change the world. The statement “change the world” may seem pompous and easily blown off as unrealistic, but really, each of us do indeed make decisions on a daily basis that can affect others. The question is do we want to ma Make Your Bed is an incredible gem packaged tightly into a small book that lends itself well to an easy and quick read. This book offers tidbits that are simplistic yet powerful. Each chapter highlights a little thing that can make great change in one’s life which then can change the world. The statement “change the world” may seem pompous and easily blown off as unrealistic, but really, each of us do indeed make decisions on a daily basis that can affect others. The question is do we want to make change within ourselves which then has the potential to impact others? This may sound like a boring book, but it’s far from boring. Admiral William H. McRaven wrote each chapter with a tone of humility, as evident of how he concisely told personal stories and stories of others to show how the little things in life have the potential to make a huge impact on your life. These stories are real and down to earth. None of them highlight a “super hero” moment but rather the daily and seemingly unimportant. Make Your Bed is packed with small, very real, doable, and applicable life gems regardless of a person’s station in life. I am confident that every person who reads this book will walk away inspired by at least one little thing to make a change in their life and then maybe, quite maybe, the world.
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  • Maziyar Yf
    January 1, 1970
    چرا نکاتی که این کتاب یا کتابهای مشابه روش زوم میکنن اصلا به درد ایران و زندگی در ایران نمی خوره ؟چرا جنس چالشها تو ایران با همه جا متفاوته ؟
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  • Mehrsa
    January 1, 1970
    Sure. It's good advice if you want to be SEAL or if you're just graduating college. But there isn't really nuance. Make your bed. Saddam Hussein didn't. Never quit. Really?
  • David
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 This book will be perfect for so many students and particularly reluctant readers who need inspiration :) Personally I wish it had a little more meat to it, but it had some great advice and I am sure I will refer back to it again.
  • George K.
    January 1, 1970
    Τον Μάιο του 2014, ο ναύαρχος Γουίλιαμ Χ. ΜακΡέιβεν απεύθυνε λόγο στους απόφοιτους του Πανεπιστημίου του Τέξας, μοιράζοντας μαζί τους δέκα μαθήματα ζωής που πήρε κατά τη διάρκεια της σκληρής εκπαίδευσής του στο Ναυτικό. Ο ναύαρχος χρησιμοποίησε αυτά τα βασικά μαθήματα για να αντεπεξέλθει στις δυσκολίες που αντιμετώπισε στη καριέρα του ως στρατιωτικός, αλλά και γενικά στη ζωή του. Το βιβλιαράκι αυτό βασίζεται στη συγκεκριμένη ομιλία και αποτελείται από ενδιαφέρουσες προσωπικές ιστορίες, αλλά και Τον Μάιο του 2014, ο ναύαρχος Γουίλιαμ Χ. ΜακΡέιβεν απεύθυνε λόγο στους απόφοιτους του Πανεπιστημίου του Τέξας, μοιράζοντας μαζί τους δέκα μαθήματα ζωής που πήρε κατά τη διάρκεια της σκληρής εκπαίδευσής του στο Ναυτικό. Ο ναύαρχος χρησιμοποίησε αυτά τα βασικά μαθήματα για να αντεπεξέλθει στις δυσκολίες που αντιμετώπισε στη καριέρα του ως στρατιωτικός, αλλά και γενικά στη ζωή του. Το βιβλιαράκι αυτό βασίζεται στη συγκεκριμένη ομιλία και αποτελείται από ενδιαφέρουσες προσωπικές ιστορίες, αλλά και από ιστορίες άλλων στρατιωτικών που γνώρισε. Προσφέρει κάποιες πρακτικές συμβουλές και ορισμένα ενθαρρυντικά λόγια, που ίσως δώσουν έμπνευση στους αναγνώστες έτσι ώστε να προσπαθούν πάντα για το καλύτερο, να μην αποθαρρύνονται από τις δυσκολίες, να αναζητούν βοήθεια και να δίνουν βοήθεια. Η γραφή είναι απλή και λειτουργική, βοηθάει πολύ στην εύκολη κατανόηση των μαθημάτων και των συμβουλών, καθώς φυσικά και στη γρήγορη ανάγνωση του βιβλίου.
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  • Rowan
    January 1, 1970
    If you haven’t already seen Admiral William McRaven’s 2014 speech to the graduating class of the University of Texas – check it out. It definitely had a profoundly positive effect on me when I first saw it. I wish I had received a speech like that when I graduated! But luckily now, we have a book by this man instead!Make Your Bed is a small-sized book that is big in heart. It’s a quick read, yet an inspirational one too. I kept imagining McRaven narrating the book to me like in his University of If you haven’t already seen Admiral William McRaven’s 2014 speech to the graduating class of the University of Texas – check it out. It definitely had a profoundly positive effect on me when I first saw it. I wish I had received a speech like that when I graduated! But luckily now, we have a book by this man instead!Make Your Bed is a small-sized book that is big in heart. It’s a quick read, yet an inspirational one too. I kept imagining McRaven narrating the book to me like in his University of Texas speech.The book is divided into chapters with a “life lesson” McRaven learned from his days as a Navy SEAL. They are the same life lessons as featured in his speech, yet often with different examples which are just as inspiring while further illustrating his points.Taken by themselves, the life lessons might not make much sense without the accompanying story. For example, “If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circus.” No, Admiral McRaven isn’t talking about clowns or the trapeze here. “The Circus” was the name given to an additional 2 hours of intense SEAL training at the end of the day. If you made that list, it was because you had failed something during the day. It’s basically a story about how failure builds resilience and strength.Other words of wisdom throughout the book touch on: ‘measuring a person only by the size of their heart’, ‘respecting others’, ‘the importance of teamwork in getting through life’, ‘no matter how hard you try, you will still sometimes fail in life’, ‘slide down obstacles head first’, ‘stand up to bullies through courage’, ‘be your best in life’s darkest moments’, ‘start singing when up to your neck in mud', 'give people hope and lift up those around you’.There are many excellent triumph-over-adversity stories. One of my favourite was centered around the “never, ever quit” chapter, featuring a young double-amputee Army ranger. The mental image of him communicating “I – will – be okay” via sign language while in his hospital bed was quite moving.Admiral McRaven's famous speech is included at the end of Make Your Bed, though it does repeat many stories already featured in the book. I wish the book had been longer, perhaps expanding on the list of life lessons he learned as a Navy SEAL – because I’m sure there would have been countless more!I grew up in the 90s obsessed with Steven Seagal movies and the Naval TV series, JAG. So it figures that life advice given by a Navy SEAL would resonate stronger with me than most other sources. Because of Admiral McRaven, I now start every day with a task completed (my bed looks awesome!) and I can safely say this small thing has made a positive difference – so he knows what he’s talking about!“At some point we will all confront a dark moment in life. If not the passing of a loved one, then something else that crushes your spirit and leaves you wondering about the future. In that dark moment, reach inside yourself and be your very best.”
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  • C. Hollis Crossman
    January 1, 1970
    I mean, it's good encouragement. Admiral McRaven (awesome name) boils down ten character items he learned in Navy SEAL training, and applies them to everyday life for the uniformed and un-uniformed alike. He tells stories about his experiences in training and as an active-duty SEAL and an officer to illustrate how these character traits served him during a distinguished career. One story in particular is almost make-you-stop-reading the book horrific (it involves a torn pelvis), but it makes the I mean, it's good encouragement. Admiral McRaven (awesome name) boils down ten character items he learned in Navy SEAL training, and applies them to everyday life for the uniformed and un-uniformed alike. He tells stories about his experiences in training and as an active-duty SEAL and an officer to illustrate how these character traits served him during a distinguished career. One story in particular is almost make-you-stop-reading the book horrific (it involves a torn pelvis), but it makes the point particularly well.Almost all of the traits, divided into ten short chapters, relate back to the core virtues of perseverance, determination, and integrity. Never giving up, shouldering through adversity and making the best of it, and looking to others for help as well as offering it in return are themes repeated in virtually every chapter in one way or another. This makes the book, slim as it is, feel a bit repetitious. This breeds frustration, and makes it hard at times to remember that you're supposed to be learning something from this man's life experiences. But overall the stories are engaging, the writing streamlined, and the sentiments worth heeding. Not a millennium classic, but a good quick read.
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  • Shiloah
    January 1, 1970
    This book was inspirational on many levels. Every page contains wisdom and inspiration. Powerful. This is one I’ll be reading again.
  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    I had read portions of Admiral McRaven's University of Texas Commencement speech on the internet, and had known a handful of SEALs in my life. This is a great little collections of life lessons learned learning and doing one of the most amazing training in the world.Started on audio in the dentist's chair yesterday, finished in hardcover today, as I couldn't put it down. (Not to mention, it counts as work-reading).Worst-case SRC Spring 2018: Task 5.3 (all letters in BAD ART). Might fit non-ficti I had read portions of Admiral McRaven's University of Texas Commencement speech on the internet, and had known a handful of SEALs in my life. This is a great little collections of life lessons learned learning and doing one of the most amazing training in the world.Started on audio in the dentist's chair yesterday, finished in hardcover today, as I couldn't put it down. (Not to mention, it counts as work-reading).Worst-case SRC Spring 2018: Task 5.3 (all letters in BAD ART). Might fit non-fiction of 15.1#1 but needs pairing to "lie" of 15.1#2. Ruled out from 30.2 (although "autobiography", this is not "embedded "biography")
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  • Siqahiqa
    January 1, 1970
    Randomly picked this book yesterday and I finished read in one sitting. 10 motivational stories with related life lessons that the author learned in Navy SEAL training. I like the life lessons, only not so much for the story.
  • Katerina Charisi
    January 1, 1970
    Το στρώσιμο του κρεβατιού ήταν το πρώτο πράγμα που έμαθα στα παιδιά μου από την ηλικία των 2 χρονών. Ήταν επίσης και το πρώτο ή ένα από τα πρώτα πράγματα που έμαθα κι εγώ από τη γιαγιά μου. Δεν ήξερα ποτέ γιατί το να στρώνεις το κρεβάτι σου μπορεί να είναι τόσο σημαντικό, όμως το έκανα και το κάνω κάθε μέρα, όπως το κάνουν και τα παιδιά, και μάλλον δε θα περίμενα ότι θα αποτελούσε την έμπνευση για ολόκληρο βιβλίο, αλλά who knew. Στα 40 μου σχεδόν πήρα την απάντηση στο γιατί, μέσα από αυτό το βιβ Το στρώσιμο του κρεβατιού ήταν το πρώτο πράγμα που έμαθα στα παιδιά μου από την ηλικία των 2 χρονών. Ήταν επίσης και το πρώτο ή ένα από τα πρώτα πράγματα που έμαθα κι εγώ από τη γιαγιά μου. Δεν ήξερα ποτέ γιατί το να στρώνεις το κρεβάτι σου μπορεί να είναι τόσο σημαντικό, όμως το έκανα και το κάνω κάθε μέρα, όπως το κάνουν και τα παιδιά, και μάλλον δε θα περίμενα ότι θα αποτελούσε την έμπνευση για ολόκληρο βιβλίο, αλλά who knew. Στα 40 μου σχεδόν πήρα την απάντηση στο γιατί, μέσα από αυτό το βιβλίο και χαίρομαι πολύ γι αυτό. Όχι γιατί το ερώτημα με βασάνιζε, δεν του έδωσα και ποτέ ιδιαίτερη σημασία, ήταν μια συνήθεια που απέκτησα πολύ μικρή και τη μετέδωσα στα παιδιά μου και that’s all, folks.Όμως το να στρώνεις το κρεβάτι σου κάθε πρωί είναι η πρώτη από τις πολλές δοκιμασίες της ημέρας και το να την πετυχαίνεις έχει πολύ μεγαλύτερη αξία από όσο νομίζουμε. Η ολοκλήρωση μιας τόσο μικρής δοκιμασίας δίνει την ώθηση για την ολοκλήρωση και της κάθε επόμενης. Στο τέλος της ημέρας θα υπάρχουν ένα σωρό δουλειές που θα έχουν τελειώσει. Κι αν κάποια μέρα όλα έχουν πάει στραβά, θα έχεις τουλάχιστον ένα καθαρό και καλοστρωμένο κρεβάτι να σε περιμένει. Τα μικρά πράγματα έχουν τεράστια αξία κι αν θέλουμε στη ζωή μας να κατακτήσουμε τα μεγάλα, πρέπει πρώτα να έχουμε κατακτήσει τα μικρά.Το βιβλίο του ναυάρχου ΜακΡέιβεν βασίζεται στα κυριότερα μέρη της ομιλίας του στους αποφοίτους πανεπιστημίου του Τέξας, όπου μοιράστηκε μαζί τους τα δέκα μαθήματα που πήρε κατά την εκπαίδευσή του στο ναυτικό και τον βοήθησαν σε κάθε πρόκληση της καριέρας αλλά και της ζωής του. Μοιράστηκε ιστορίες ανθρώπων που γνώρισε και οι οποίοι χρειάστηκε να πάρουν σκληρές αποφάσεις επιδεικνύοντας θάρρος, αποφασιστικότητα και συμπόνια.Είναι μια πολύ όμορφη ομιλία που μπορείτε να παρακολουθήσετε στο youtube και το βιβλίο ιδιαίτερα ενθαρρυντικό και τρυφερό. Μου άρεσε πάρα μα πάρα πολύ και το τελείωσα με ένα πλατύ χαμόγελο.(Για τα 4 αστεράκια: το διάβασα πριν πάρα πολύ καιρό (στα αγγλικά) και το ριβιού το έγραψα μόλις είδα ότι μεταφράστηκε στα ελληνικά και χάρηκα- οπότε δε θυμάμαι γιατί 4 κι όχι 5, ήταν μικρό βιβλίο μεν, δεν μπορείς και να γεμίσεις παραπάνω σελίδες εξηγώντας γιατί είναι σημαντικό να στρώνεις το κρεβάτι σου, δε. Αλλά τι μας νοιάζει; Είναι ένα πολύ όμορφο βιβλίο.) If you want to change the world, start with making your bed.
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  • Abolfazl Fattahi
    January 1, 1970
    قبلا سخنرانی دریاسالار ویلیام اچ. مکریون را که در جشن فارغ التحصیلی دانشجویان دانشگاه تگزاس سخنرانی کرده بود را خونده بودم، خیلی به دلم نشست، این کتاب را خریدم که همون حرفها را با توضیحات بیشتری بخونم، برای من که زیاد علاقهای به کتابهای انگیزشی ندارم فوقالعاده بود، درسهایی کوتاه از زندگی بود نه صرفا یک سری کلمات انگیزه بخش، برای به دست آوردن هر کدوم از جملهها سختیهای زیادی را تحمل کرده بود و صرفا نگفته بود وای اگر شما بخواهید حتما میتوانید، اتفاقا برعکس گفته بودید اگر میخواهید باید تحمل تبدیل شد قبلا سخنرانی دریاسالار ویلیام اچ. مک‌ریون را که در جشن فارغ التحصیلی دانشجویان دانشگاه تگزاس سخنرانی کرده بود را خونده بودم، خیلی به دلم نشست، این کتاب را خریدم که همون حرف‌ها را با توضیحات بیشتری بخونم، برای من که زیاد علاقه‌ای به کتاب‌های انگیزشی ندارم فوق‌العاده بود، درس‌هایی کوتاه از زندگی بود نه صرفا یک سری کلمات انگیزه بخش، برای به دست آوردن هر کدوم از جمله‌ها سختی‌های زیادی را تحمل کرده بود و صرفا نگفته بود وای اگر شما بخواهید حتما می‌توانید، اتفاقا برعکس گفته بودید اگر می‌خواهید باید تحمل تبدیل شدن به کلوچه شکری را داشته باشی، باید بدونی ممکنه در طول مسیر تا خرخره توی گل فرو بری ولی باید در اون لحظات هم یادبگیری آواز بخونی، بعضی از بخش‌های کتاب که به مرور خاطراتش می‌گذشت، غم‌انگیز بود، برای اینکه آمریکایی‌ها از اون سر دنیا برای تامین منافع ملی‌شون به همه‌ جای دنیا می‌روند، جنگ به پا می‌کنند ولی در کشور خودشون قهرمان ملی شناخته می‌شوند ولی در ایران، ...
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