Make Your Bed – William H. McRaven Book Summary

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Make Your Bed – William H. McRaven

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Make your Bed

Life is hard, and sometimes there is little you can do to affect the outcome of your day.

You search for something that can:

  • give you solace
  • motivate you to begin your day
  • be a sense of Pride in an oftentimes ugly world
  • But 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.

Find Someone To Help You Paddle


None of us are immune from life’s tragic moments.

It takes a team of good people to get you to your destination in life.

You cannot paddle the boat alone.

Find someone to share your life with, make as many friends as possible, and never forget that.

Your Success Depends on Others

Get Over Being A Sugar Cookie And Keep Moving Forward


It is easy to blame your lot in life on some outside force, to stop trying because you believe fate is against you, 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.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try or how good you are, you still end up as a sugar cookie.

Don’t complain, don’t blame it on your misfortune,

Look to the future and drive on.

Don’t be afraid of Hardships


In life, you will face a lot of hardships.

You will pay for your failures. But if you persevere, if you let those failures teach you and strengthen you, then you will be prepared to handle life’s toughest moments.

True leaders must learn from their failures, use the lessons to motivate themselves, and not be afraid to try again or make the next tough decision.

You can’t avoid the hardships. At some point, we all face them.

Dare Greatly


Life is a struggle, and the potential for failure is ever present, but those who live in fear of failure, hardship, or embarrassment will never achieve their potential.

Without pushing your limits and without daring greatly, you will never know what is truly possible in your life.

Be Courageous


Courage is a remarkable quality.

Nothing and nobody can stand in your way:

  • Without courage, others will define your path forward.
  • Without it, you’re at the mercy of life’s temptations.
  • Without courage, men will be ruled by tyrants and despots.
  • Without it, no great society can flourish.
  • Without courage, the bullies of the world rise up.
  • With it, you can accomplish any goal.
  • With courage, you can defy and defeat evil.

Stand up the Bullies

Bullies are all the same; whether they are in the school yard, in the workplace, or ruling the country through terror.

They thrive on fear and intimidation. bullies gain their strength through the timid and faint of heart.

They’re like sharks that sense fear in the water. they’ll circle to see if their prey is struggling. they’ll probe to see if their victim is weak. if you don’t find the courage to stand your ground, they’ll strike.

In your life, to achieve your goals, you’ll have to be men and women of great courage. that courage is within all of us. dig deep, and you’ll find it in abundance.

Give People Hope


Hope is the most powerful force in the universe.

  • With hope, you can inspire nations to greatness.
  • With hope, you can raise up the downtrodden.
  • With hope you can ease the pain of bearable loss
  • Sometimes, all it takes is one person to make a difference.

We will all find ourselves neck-deep in mud someday. That is the time to sing loudly, to smile broadly, and to lift up those around you and give them hope that tomorrow will be a better day.

Never Ever Quit


The world constantly puts you in situations where quitting seems so much easier than continuing on.

Giving up seems like the rational thing to do when the odds are stacked against you.

Life is full of difficult times, but someone out there always has it worse than you do.

If you fill your days with pity, sorrowful for the way you’ve been treated, bemoaning your lot in life, blaming your circumstances on someone or something else, then life will be long and hard.

If, on the other hand, you refuse to give up on your dreams and stand tall and strong against the odds, you can make it great.

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