Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World

Make Your Bed Book Cover Make Your Bed
William McRaven
Grand Central Publishing
April 4, 2017

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. On May 21, 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.


Retired Four-Star Admiral William H. McRaven shares life lessons learned during his storied naval career. He led at every level starting as a Navy SEAL and ending his career as Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces. The anecdotes he uses to illustrate his points are compelling—where else would you hear about how Saddam Hussein maintained control over his subordinates even when he was in U.S. custody?  

This isn’t a military book—it’s an elaboration of the commencement address McRaven gave at the University of Texas focusing on the key components of creating a successful life. Life is tough and those that flourish will meet challenges with a positive attitude, discipline, determination, and a strong support system. He doesn’t sugar-coat his advice, nor does he glorify himself or the military. He joined the military to make a positive difference in the world and that mindset permeates the lessons of this book.

His inspiring wisdom is worth an hour or so of your time.