The Top 10 Ways To Be A Great Navy SEAL And Change The WorldNever ring the bell. (Photo: Blake R. Midnight)
Navy SEAL Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, spoke at the University-wide Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin on May 17. He gave the top 10 life lessons he learned in Navy SEAL training.
- If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
- If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
Find a partner who knows the things you don’t.
- If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers. “SEAL training was a great equalizer. Nothing mattered but your will to succeed. Not your color, not your ethnic background, not your education and not your social status.” Worrying about privilege keeps you from earning privilege of your own.
- If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward. Don’t focus on your immediate failure, but face forward and keep going.
- If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses. When you have a failure — loss of a job, failing an exam — don’t be afraid to put in the work needed to become better.
- If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first. Accept a little danger and think outside the box to have a big success.
- If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks. Sharks — and bullies — take advantage of those who show fear.
- If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.
- If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud. If one man can rise above the misery then others will know they can, as well.
- If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.
Never, ever, ever give up.
Accept temporary incapacity, punt if you have to, but always keep pushing toward the objective, or the next.
The full text is available at UT Austin.