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Make Your Bed – Summary

Little things that can Change You life

Make your Bed—Little things that can change your life; written by Admiral McRaven (“Bill”). He held practically every level of leadership throughout his thirty-seven years as a Navy SEAL. Now retired, he wrote a best-selling book, “Make Your Bed.” We will discuss the major points of this book in this post. See the Book Review section for more books. You can purchase this book on Amazon and you can download a free PDF here.

“Make Your Bed” is based on speeches by writer Admiral McRaven. In his speech, Bill lists ten life lessons and ways to make the world a better place that he took away from his basic SEAL training. He expands on these ten lessons in each chapter of the book.

10 lessons for dealing with life and transforming the world

To make a difference in the world:

  1. Initially, make your bed.
  2. Seek assistance from a paddler.
  3. Do not judge a person by the size of their flippers, but rather by the size of their heart.
  4. Move past being a sugar cookie and continue your progress.
  5. Do not be frightened by circuses.
  6. On occasion, you must descend the obstacle head first.
  7. Never give in to the sharks.
  8. In the darkest hour, you must be at your very best.
  9. When you’re covered from head to toe in mud, start singing.
  10. Never ring the bell, ever.

We will discuss these points shortly here

1. Make your Bed

Shortly: Begin your day with a task that is finished.

Life is difficult; days are lengthy and filled with worrying moments; and when it feels like there is little you can do to influence how your day will turn out. The mere act of doing a chore might give you the extra pride or drive you need to seize the day. Daily life requires a sense of organization.

Making my bed properly wasn’t going to earn me any kudos. I was anticipated to do it. Being careful with it was crucial because it was my first chore of the day. It proved how disciplined I am. It demonstrated my focus on detail, and at the end of the day it would serve as a reminder that I had accomplished something worthwhile.

2. Seek assistance from a paddler

Don’t try to do it alone.

You will encounter challenging activities in life that call for teamwork since they demand you to depend on others.

Find someone to spend your life with, make as many friends as you can, and never forget that it takes a team of excellent people to get you where you’re going.

“I experienced several setbacks, but in every instance, someone stepped forward to assist me: someone who believed in my talents; someone who recognized potential in me when others would not; someone who risked their own reputation to further my career. I will never forget those folks, and I am aware that everything I have accomplished in life is thanks to those who have supported me along the road. “

3. Do not judge a person by the size of their flippers, but rather by the size of their heart

Talent is overshadowed by grit and determination.

All that matters is the size of your heart.

“It was always about proving something in SEAL training. Showing that size did not matter proving that the color of your skin was unimportant demonstrating that money did not make you better. proving that grit and determination were always more important than talent.”

4. Move past being a sugar cookie and continue your progress

Life isn’t fair; accept it.

You will not always be rewarded for your efforts or results. When you think life is unfair, it’s easy to give up or stop trying. But life isn’t fair, and the sooner you realize that, the better off you will be. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try or how good you are, you will fail. When something isn’t fair, don’t complain. Helen Keller, Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawking, and Malala Yousafzai are all defined by how they deal with life’s unfairness.

“There was nothing more uncomfortable in SEAL training than being a sugar cookie… Not just because you spent the rest of the day sitting with your neck under your arms, but because becoming a sugar cookie was completely indiscriminate. There was no rhyme or reason to anything.”

5. Do not be frightened by circuses

Don’t be afraid of failure; embrace it.

Nobody is immune to failure in life, and failure will spiral; initial failures frequently compound into additional failures.Accept this failure; it will strengthen you; for every failure, there will be hundreds of successes.

“What made The Circus so feared by the students was not only the extra pain, but also the knowledge that the next day you would be exhausted from the extra workout and so fatigued that you would fail to meet the standards again.” Another Circus would come after that, and another after that. It was a death spiral, a cycle of failure that drove many students to drop out of school… But something strange happened as The Circuses went on. Our swimming improved, and Marc and I began to move up the pack. “What began as a punishment for failure was now making us stronger, faster, and more confident in the water.”

6. On occasion, you must descend the obstacle head first

Take calculated Risks.

To make change happen, you must take calculated, thoughtful, and well-planned risks. This requires you to overcome your fears and trust your abilities. Know your limits, but trust yourself enough to try.

“Life is a struggle, and the possibility of failure is always present; however, those who live in fear of failure, hardship, or embarrassment will never reach their full potential.” You will never know what is truly possible in your life unless you push your limits, without occasionally sliding down the rope headfirst, without taking risks.”

7. Never give in to the sharks

Bullies must be confronted.

Sharks or Bullies are the same in all aspects of life (school, workplace, government); they rule through fear and intimidation. Bullies gain strength by preying on the weak and timid. Just as sharks sense fear in the water and circle to see if their prey is struggling, bullies will probe to see if their victim is weak.Don’t give bullies your weakness; find the courage to stand your ground; it is within you.

Saddam Hussein was apprehended by US forces in December 2003… Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s now-former president, sat on the edge of an old Army cot, wearing only an orange jumpsuit. He had been captured by US forces twenty-four hours before and was now a US prisoner. Saddam remained seated as I opened the door to let the new Iraqi government leaders in…. Although I was confident that Saddam would no longer pose a threat to the other men in the room, Iraq’s leaders were not so sure. The terror in their eyes was palpable.

This man, the Butcher of Baghdad, had terrorized an entire nation for decades. His cult of personality had attracted the worst kind of followers.His thugs had brutalized innocent people and forced thousands to flee the country. No one in Iraq had the courage to stand up to the dictator. There was no doubt in my mind that these new leaders were still terrified of what Saddam could do from behind bars.

8. In the darkest hour, you must be at your very best

When life gets tough, rise to the occasion.

We all have dark moments from time to time; when this occurs, reach deep within yourself and do your best.

“There is no darker moment in life than losing someone you love, and yet I watched as families, military units, towns, cities, and as a nation come together to be our best during those tragic times.”

9. When you’re covered in mud, start singing

When times are tough, give people hope.

The most powerful force in the universe is hope, and it only takes one person to instill it in others. Hope is contagious. when times are tough, spread hope to others.

“Once again, we had learned an important lesson: the power of one person to bring a group together, the power of one person to inspire and give hope to those around him.”

10. Never ring the bell, ever

Never give up.

Life is full of ups and downs, but someone else always has it worse than you.

Refuse to give up on your ambitions.

“If you spend your days feeling sorry for yourself, bemoaning your lot in life, blaming your circumstances on someone or something else, life will be long and hard.”


In Conclusion we can deduce below 10 messages from Book “Make Your Bed”

  1. Begin your day by completing a task.
  2. Don’t try to do it alone.
  3. Talent is overshadowed by grit and determination.
  4. Life isn’t fair; accept it.
  5. Don’t be afraid of failure; embrace it.
  6. Take calculated chances.
  7. Bullies must be confronted.
  8. When life gets tough, rise to the occasion.
  9. When times are tough, give people hope.
  10. Never give up.

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