Inspiring life advice from a U.S. Special Ops commander

Here’s the wise counsel from Admiral William H. McRaven, 9th commander of U.S. Special Operations, from his 2014 Commencement Address to the University of Texas, Austin:

  1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
  2. When confronted by sharks, incl. human sharks, stand your ground, do not act afraid, and don’t back down.
  3. Nothing matters but your will to succeed — not your color, ethnic background, education, or social status.
  4. Measure a person by the size of their heart, not by the size of their flippers.
  5. The power of one person: One person can change the world by giving people hope.

“So if you want to change the world, start each day with a task completed, find someone to help you through life, respect everyone, know that life is not fair and you will fail often. But if you take some risks, step up when the times are the toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden, and never, ever give up, the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today.” -Adm. William McRaven.

H/t maziel



5 responses to “Inspiring life advice from a U.S. Special Ops commander

  1. Nicely put. In a hanger somewhere in Astan a USAF General told us to forget all that bush regime (he didn’t actually say bush regime) bs of fighting for freedom and country, over here you’re fighting for your brothers and sisters in arms standing alongside you. The top brass may not act like it but they do know what’s really going on. Some of them are even on our side.

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  3. \\\\ “WOW” ///////

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  4. Would be nice if you cite this post as your source for the McRaven quote.


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