Making your bed is one simple task that is somewhat symbolic. It is a simple win that you can make right when you wake up and get your day started in a positive way.
During a commencement speech at the University of Texas, the commander of the forces that organized the raid to kill Osama bin Laden delivered some key advice on success.
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed,” U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McCraven told the graduates of his alma mater.
McCraven, the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, relayed several lessons he has learned in 36 years as a Navy SEAL, starting with some advice (or direction) that is commonly expelled by parents everywhere.
“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day,” he said. “It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.
“Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. 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.”
McCraven’s 10 lessons also included accepting the help of others, measuring a person by the size of his or her heart, fighting through adversity, not being afraid of failure, and charging into difficult situations head-on. He also encouraged graduates to “be your very best in the darkest moment” by finding inner strength and to never lose hope or give up.
I would try to summarize these lessons here, but I feel I could not do them justice. And because it’s silly to try and summarize a speech that should be heard, please click here to hear the rest of Admiral William H. McRaven’s inspiring speech.
I’ll be honest, I would normally find a speech like this to be dry and skip it.
However, please resist the urge to skip this one, as it has some truly amazing messages that I know will have a deep impact if you let them.