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Make Your Bed Audiobook

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World

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Publisher's Summary

Based on the incredible graduation speech with over 10 million views on YouTube

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.


On May 21, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves - and the world - for the better.

Admiral McRaven's original speech went viral with over 10 million views. Building on the core tenets laid out in his speech, McRaven now recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire listeners to achieve more, even in life's darkest moments.

©2017 William H. McRaven (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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    "Amazing find and read!"

    This book is one of the best concise guides on how to change your outlook on life but also lead it to your fullest potential! Totally found it on accident while looking for something new to read. Highly recommended.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Carla M. Dal Colletto Annapolis, Maryland United States 04-11-17
    Carla M. Dal Colletto Annapolis, Maryland United States 04-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "That voice!"

    Listening to Gen McRaven's amazing voice totally makes this story on Audible worthwhile, never mind that it is, hands down, the most inspirational story I've ever heard!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Fresno Tech Guy Fresno, CA, United States 04-22-17
    Fresno Tech Guy Fresno, CA, United States 04-22-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Concise & Powerful"

    One of the higher "value for word" books I've read. Admiral McRaven is inspiring without being preachy, and comes across as both extremely knowledgeable and extremely humble. Simple but profound stories of courage, heroism, dedication. Will definitely listen to this one again and again.

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    "Simple and straightforward"

    A book about a man's lessons learned from life in the military, especially bootcamp. I thought the author's insight was interesting, but i really didn't think it was very deep, just mostly impassioned. I did appreciate the reminder that even planning and hard work doesn't always pay off the way we think it will, and that sometimes life challenges are rewarding in their own way.

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    "A MUST READ!"

    It was not only an account of what the Navy Seals training is all about but an excellent guide for a successful life.

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    Richard WESTON, FL, United States 04-23-17
    Richard WESTON, FL, United States 04-23-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Discipline, hard work and perseverance"

    I love this book. True to life and mostly recommended for young adults. Inspiring to change your life.

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    aables 04-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Life Changing"

    Listened to this in a dark moment. "Life constantly puts you in situations where quitting seems so much easier than continuing on. Where the olds are so stacked against you, that giving up seems the rational thing to do. "

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    J. Thompson Rockford, MI United States 04-25-17
    J. Thompson Rockford, MI United States 04-25-17 Member Since 2013

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    "Great food for life!"

    Really good book with solid advice on building your life and character.
    Great for all ages.

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    Kim B USA 04-26-17
    Kim B USA 04-26-17

    Never judge a book by it's cover.

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    "The best book I have ever listened to!!"

    Thank you McCraven for writing AND narrating this book!
    I know it will change my life from here forward, and only wish I had read it when I was a child.
    Your work will not be in vain!
    Thank you and God bless you.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Short but effective"
    What made the experience of listening to Make Your Bed the most enjoyable?

    If you aren't feeling goose bumps or that internal fire doesn't light... re listen till it does because it will.


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    "Good advice, but a tad repetitive"

    I heard about this book from a podcast interview and liked the sound of this book. I even put aside my reservations about the price (just under £10), given such a short book.

    However, just about everything mentioned in the book was covered in the 20-40 minute podcast and the book seems to repeat itself at times.

    Perhaps a shorter book and much lower price would make this work. There is 4-5 star advice given, but quite a lot of padding.

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