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“Make Your Bed:” Practical Life Advice From a Four-Star Naval Admiral and Terrorist Hunter

"Make Your Bed" by William H.
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* An Amazon #1 bestseller
* Based on the viral graduation speech with over 10 million views
* Available on hardcover, Kindle, Audible and audio CD

The first thing Naval Admiral William H. McRaven does when he wakes up each day is make his bed. Based on his viral commencement speech at the University of Texas that generated over 10 million views on YouTube, his Amazon bestselling book, “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World” encourages readers with the thought that a few basic actions, like making your bed every morning, is the key to changing your life and the world around you.

Inspired by the University of Texas’ slogan, “what starts here changes the world,” the four-star admiral, who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, explains it’s no coincidence that his dedication to bed-making goes hand-in-hand with his successful rise through the Navy. “There’s a power behind making your bed every morning,” McRaven says. “Learn to do the little things well, learn to make your bed right. And that transcends into a lot of other things you do.”

"Make Your Bed" by William H. McRaven

On May 17, 2014, Admiral McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. He shared 10 inspiring lessons he learned from his SEAL training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his Naval career, but in his own personal life. With chapters including “You Can’t Go It Alone;” “Life’s Not Fair – Drive On;” and “Stand Up to Bullies,” his book addresses making tough decisions and dealing with hardships through compassion, courage, honor and determination.

Easy-to-read and written with humility and optimism, this uplifting book offers practical advice and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more — no matter what life throws at you. McRaven hopes his book will resonate with everyone and inspire all age groups, not just high school graduates: “These are life lessons that could be used by anyone from any generation,” he says.

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