Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven

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 thr...

Details Make Your Bed

TitleMake Your Bed
Release DateApr 4th, 2017
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Leadership, Business, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews Make Your Bed

  • Judith
    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 obvi...
  • Mildred
    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 cop...
  • Kenny
    “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 Hawkin...
  • 7jane
    (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 Na...
  • Sheri
    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!
  • Judy
    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 ...
  • David
    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.
  • Wesley
    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.
  • Truman32
    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...
  • Rowan
    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 ...
  • Kimball
    Back in 2014 William gave his famous talk at UT in Austin (which is in this book). I had read the transcript and really enjoyed it. In fact, this part here was what inspired me: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. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many...
  • C. Hollis Crossman
    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 horr...
  • Zhong En
    “sometimes the simple act of making your bed can give you the lift you need to start your day and provide you the satisfaction to end it right.”A short read, packs with ideas and life lessons
  • Christina
    Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the WorldBy: Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired)Publisher: Grand Central PublishingDate: April 2017Nonfiction, Life Skills, Inspirational, Navy Plus(es): Admiral McRaven (Retired) Gives concrete examples of life skills lessons, Short chapters move the book along at a good pace, Great reading for High School Students and reluctant readersMake Your Bed: Little Things that...
  • John of Canada
    I got this after seeing Admiral McRaven interviewed.After reading it I viewed his commencement speech at The U of Texas,and several other videos and stories.Fabulous man,smart encouraging book.
  • Amy
    Very inspiring. Written to a level that a highschooler could understand.
  • Jo
    Retired Admiral McRaven offers sage advice that can be used by all people when dealing with difficult times. My favorite came from his chapter, Stand Up to the Bullies:"Without courage, men will be ruled by tyrants and despots. Without courage, no great society can flourish. Without courage, the bullies of the world rise up. With it, you can accomplish any goal. With it, you can defy and defeat evil.''
  • Katy
    A very nice short book with tips for changing your life and being successful. Great for motivation.
  • Suzanne
    Easy to read, inspirational stories. Excellent!
  • ❆ Crystal ❆
    This book is an expanded version from a speech that he gave a few years ago. I thought this was well written and I enjoyed reading it. I wish it would have been longer.... Military (myself included) love to just give the facts without a lot of fanfare.... Most of his experiences were riveting but read like a Military ops report... I wish John Grisham or David Baldacci would have helped to write this book. I do give it 5 stars and think it is well...
  • Sarah
    This was one of those books that (if you have read the blurb) is exactly what you expect it to be. The book is based on a speech that Admiral McRaven made for the graduating class at The University of Texas at Austin in 2014. The speech is included at the end of the book, which I initially thought was kind of redundant, but it is actually way shorter and less detailed than I anticipated after having read the book - which is like a fleshed out, in...
  • Seregon BookWorm
    If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed - Literally. It seems like nothing, but have you ever looked at an unmade bed and thought something OTHER than "I just want to go back to sleep"? Probably not. Seeing a job already done, no matter how seemingly small, will encourage you to do more. Using his experiences as a Navy Seal trainee (and later Admiral) Mr. McRaven (awesome name btw) gives life lessons that don't seem huge, bu...
  • Jennifer Lazzaro
    Very quick read, great things to think about life in general. And yes, I'm going to start making my bed in the morning :) Good to keep around as a refresher once in awhile. The 10 things he goes over are definitely things we've all heard before but his stories make you think and puts everything into perspective.
  • Billy Grogan
    The author shared 10 lessons he learned while attending SEAL training that provides a pathway to success in life. The author uses both an event that happened during SEAL training and a life event to illustrate each point. I intend to buy each of the supervisors who work for me a copy for us to read and discuss at our staff meetings.
  • Andrew
    Clear, simple, practical, achievable advice. Nothing new. Just common sense plainly delivered.
  • Beverley
    What a great little book. Inspiring and amusing all at the same time. The book is small; the message is huge.
  • Brittany Reads
    A great little book! The advice provided is not particularly new or earth-shattering, but what made it special for me is how the author connects each advice point to his life experiences. You can see my full review here:
  • Scotty Conley
    This book was moving and I found that it gave me motivation in my real life.
  • Brenda
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! Perfect gift for any graduate and should be a must read before leaving home......4 star Admiral William H. McRaven first gave a speech at the University of Texas and then had so many requests for it that he wrote the book. Short, to the point and wonderful. (125 pages.)
  • Christian Machar
    I first heard about Admiral McRaven's speech at the end of 2016 and felt the first lesson of making one's bed in the morning was a great reminder of how a small habit can have such benefits; thankfully, I was already practising this habit. This book is a quick read - can be done in one night - with simple but important lessons drawing predominantly on McRaven's SEAL training. Events are not detailed and at times I wanted more description; perhaps...