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Make Your Bed

If you want change your life and maybe the world—start off by making your bed.

Great lessons from retired Admiral William H. McRaven, Author of Make Your Bed.

Found my notes from a few years ago and thought I'd share.

It takes a team of good people to get you to your destination in life. You cannot paddle alone. Find someone to share your life with. Make as many friends as possible, and never forget that your success depends on others.

It’s not the size of your flippers that count, just the size of your heart.

Sometimes no matter how hard you try, no matter how good you are, you still end up a sugar cookie. Don’t complain. Don’t blame it on your misfortune. Stand tall, look to the future, and drive on!

You can’t avoid The Circus. At some point, we all make the list. Don’t be afraid of The Circus.

Without pushing your limits, without occasionally sliding down the rope headfirst, without daring greatly, you will never know what is truly possible in your life.

In life, to achieve your goals, and to complete the night swim, you will have to be men and women of great courage. That courage is within all of us. Dig deep, and you will find it in abundance.

At some point, we will all confront a dark moment in life. If not the passing of a loved one, then something else that crushes your spirit and leaves you wondering about your future. In that dark moment, reach deep inside yourself and be your very best.

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

Remember … start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone. Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often. But if you take some risks, step up when times are the toughest, face down the bullies, life up the downtrodden, and never, ever give up - if you do these things, then you can change your life for the better … and maybe the world.


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