Lessons To Learn From Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven

For Christmas in 2017, my Uncle gifted me the book Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life And Maybe The World written by Admiral William H. McRaven. I read it so quickly and thought the little lessons that are taught in each chapter are so essential to living a better and more positive life.

I have no idea why it has taken me so long to write this post (a little over a year), but it is here and maybe these lessons will be helpful for you now. I don’t want to share everything in the book because honestly, I think this is one you should pick up for yourself, and it also makes for a great gift. What I love about this book is how Admiral McRaven relates the lessons he has learned from being a Navy Seal to the effect they have in the real world once they are implemented. 


The first lesson I am sure you already guessed. It is to make your bed properly… every day, not only when you feel like it 🙂 We all know that for aesthetics and cleanliness making the bed is important. However, it goes beyond that. It is about starting your day with a task already complete. This one simple task done can provide a sense of structure and responsibility. It will motivate you to want to complete another and another… 


Life as we know it isn’t always a vacation where you get to sit back and eat bonbons, but instead, we are often faced with hardships, curveballs, disappoint, etc. Just because life can be full of misfortunes, we can and should move past them and to drive on with an attitude of positivity and leave behind the negative outlook on life.

For this point, I understand that it is always easier said than done and I have often failed to take a more positive approach to certain situations. What I have found helpful is to try to find the good even in the bad. It really does help to turn the negative to something a bit more positive because, in the long run, you move on faster. 


One of the most important lessons that we can learn in life is to never quit. It can be easy to give up before we can presumably see the light at the end of the tunnel. For this point, Admiral McRaven reiterated the fact that we will face many challenges, but quitting will not be the solution to an easier path. It is also a reminder that quitting can also lead to regret in the future due to the lack of risk taking. Going after what you want and not giving up may lead to a surprising and exciting change in your life. 

I know that it may seem like common sense, but sometimes when you are stuck in your own head or have tunnel vision, it is always a great reminder to keep going no matter what! I highly recommend this book and really appreciated the motivation it gave me to start the year off right. I hope it will do the same for you!

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