Make Your Bed: Small things that can change your life...and maybe the world Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Make Your Bed, written and read by William H. McRaven.
The incredible number one New York Times best seller.
Make your bed to change the world....
'What starts here changes the world' was the university slogan that inspired William H. McRaven to take charge of the small things that could change his life...and even the world. Here McRaven shares the 10 life-changing principles he learned during his 37 years as a Navy SEAL. These 10 philosophies helped him to overcome challenges not only in his career but also throughout his life. What's more anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves, and the world, for the better....
Begin each day with a simple task, help one another through life, respect everyone, know that your life won't be fair and that you will fail often, take risks, step up when times are tough, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up.
Do these things, and we will live in a far better world than the one before it....
Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple and universal wisdom, practical advice and words of encouragement that will inspire listeners to achieve more even in life's darkest moments.
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 43 minutes|
|Author||Admiral William H. McRaven|
|Narrator||Admiral William H. McRaven|
|Audible.ca Release Date||June 15 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #23,524 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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The beauty of this little book is that you don't have to be militarily minded to appreciate the lessons (I, for one, am far from that mindset), however the stories provided are done so in such a manner that regardless of your view on the armed forces there is plenty to take away here. These are, as all the best ones are, simple lessons - Make Your Bed (if the first thing you do is finish a task, the rest of the days tasks become easier - and if they don't get done, at least you made your bed!), Stand Up To Bullies, Rise To The Occassion and Give People Hope - but their simplicity belies their effectiveness.
In a world that seems to spend a lot of time adding ever increasing pressures and strains on to our daily lives, there is a lot of Inspiration to be found in these pages, which in turn can help motivate you to push on through whatever challenges you're currently facing.
I think the reason I enjoyed this as much as I did, is that it isn't trite. It isn't a bunch of baseless motivational quotes given by someone lacking any real substance. It's a collection of thoughts, illustrated by real life examples from a man with more life experience than most of us will have. As much as I don't subscribe to a lot of areas of military mentality, there's an awful lot to be said for the resilience and mindset it can instill and the lessons than can be learned in humility and self-reflection.
I feel the major gap (and the reason i purchased the book) and 3 stars was around what it's specifies on the back. 'provides wisdom, practical advice and words of encouragement'
The books fails on the above. The principles shared were really high level statements i.e
'You can't go it alone'
'Stand up to bullies'
But the book does not arm you with the thought processes or mindset to adopt these... it's like they expect you to flick a switch in your head and for it to just happen.