This speech was given by Navy Seal Admiral William H. McRaven at his alma mater, UT, the University of Texas in Austin, TX. It was so good that it has been going around the internet like wildfire. It was effective and inspiring, precisely because it was so simple.
The Admiral is quite impressive in his dress whites. He’s got a chest full of medals, and enough gold braiding and bars on his epaulettes, sleeves and buttons to light up a room. The patent leather shine of the bill of his cover is chock full of scrambled eggs.
He is an inspiring figure with a baritone voice that drips with the confidence of one who has walked his talk for a long time. He has a great sense of humor and he has developed a powerfully simple philosophy of life that he expresses with crystal clarity in this speech.
What is that philosophy? If you want to make a difference in the world, if you want to accomplish great things, start at the beginning.
What is the beginning? It is simple. When you get up in the morning make your bed.
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If you haven’t heard this speech before, you are in for a treat. If you have heard it before, it is even more inspiring and revealing with each listen. Enjoy, and learn.
This Navy Seal is on to something big here.
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.