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

by: William H. McRaven

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Book Summary:

I found this book to be a nice reminder of some good life values. I later learned that this book came to be after McRaven gave a speech at a college commencement.

The nice thing about this book is that it is very quick to read and doesn’t belabor the main points. I read this book in a morning while drinking coffee.

Each chapter shares a story about McRaven’s time as a Navy SEAL and how you can apply the lesson to your life.

Overall the book has a very positive, can-do attitude about it that is good if you need a pick me up.

I only gave this book a 4-star rating because although it was a good reminder it didn’t go as deep as I like on books that I strongly recommend.

There wasn’t a lot of the nerdy science and other stuff that I like in this book but it still is a worthwhile read for those looking to change their lives and find positive ways to think about change.

Biggest Takeaway:

My favorite chapter was the one about sliding down the rope head first. McRaven wasn’t close to beating the best obstacle course time until he abandoned they way he tackled a specific obstacle. He knew he had to go down the rope head first but that was more dangerous.

When he finally did it he beat his best time and was proud of his accomplishment.

The chapter closes by saying, “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.”

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