Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...and Maybe the World Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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)
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 53 minutes|
|Author||William H. McRaven|
|Narrator||William H. McRaven|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 04, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #616 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#7 in Self-Esteem (Audible Books & Originals)
#34 in Happiness Self-Help
#59 in Success Self-Help
Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2019
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If you want to send a few bucks his way buy it. Or it could be a good gift.
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These self-help type books usually fall into the trap of coming across as preachy and holier than thou or being completely impractical for most people (I'm looking at you The 4-Hour Workweek). This book bucks that trend by being simple, practical and useful for almost everyone.
Another downfall of these kinds of books that the author neatly swerves is feeling like they have to make the book a certain length. I've read lots of books that could, and should, have been half the length, but the author felt the need to keep adding extraneous fluff to make the book long enough. McRaven has ten pieces of advice, and each one has a couple of short anecdotes to illustrate it and then it is done. It never outstays it's welcome which makes the advice that much more powerful.
So, overall a great book with some excellent advice that is simple but worth repeating. A book that we should give to everyone when they leave school, in my opinion.
One of the all time best speeches ever given. Do as we did and order a dozen or more and keep them tucked away for those occasions when you need a perfect gift for someone. You won't be sorry.
As it turns out, I was only an hour into Make Your Bed, when I knew I had to dump Greene's book and never look at it again. Pitching real life experiences from a highly decorated long serving Navy SEAL admiral against an author selling the virtues of deception / deceit and turning everyone into Gordon Gekko, in my eyes is not a fair fight, although ironically they are neck and neck on Amazon reviews, both with approx 13,500! (enough on Greene's book now)
As for Make Your Bed, I believe this should be given out to every school leaver as a matter of course. It is truly inspiring and I strongly urge you to both watch the speech and read the book. Some previous reviews have said there is little extra in the book however I found it really brought the stories to life. Each lesson was full of inspiration, humour and great sadness, and I literally covered my mouth in shock when the author recounted the story of his parachuting accident!!!
It is a fairly short book. I am not a fast reader and I read it in a day, but I will be ordering more copies for good friends of mine. I strongly recommend that you read this book and use all the lessons within it. My deepest respect to the author who is clearly a genuine, real life hero (ps worth watching President Obama's video honouring Admiral McRaven)