Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life.… (2024)

This year I’ve decided not to reinvent the wheel of reviews. The first I posted in 2020 includes the list of ten from the Admiral. Other than adding a piece that I’ve noted below for this year the original is worth revisiting for myself. And, since that time many more have joined team Patience. It’s new to you 😁

My hope is you have a delightful new year even if it’s crappy. Find a rainbow, sunbeam, and or sparkle within anything of gratitude. For me, it’s this book. A reminder to carry on regardless of how many ‘sugar cookies’ the last couple of years had dealt. Read book for reference meaning.

One book down, at least 51 to go. Imma shoot for 100 like 2020 or just 52 with more reviews. We shall see where the walk takes me and I’m so looking forward to reading yours and hopefully we discover new literary triumphs together once again 🎉

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World, by Admiral William H. McRaven is a tradition every year on January 1st.

Short and to the point, this easily consumed book based on a commencement speech and hero’s life takes me back to my days in the military. Or, as a teacher and parent passing on wisdom to encourage success to my son and or students. Plus, as a human being moving through day to day life toward my best.

This book can fit any of our lives when applied as a lesson. The admiral’s life reflects a hero’s design. We’re all hero’s of our own lives if we want to be. With practice we are.

For me, appreciate the reminders, ten in total to refresh my memory for the year ahead. Especially, what making my bed can mean to myself.

At the end of the day, it always begins with me doing what I can to make myself have a better day, more happiness, a bigger impact in the world.

Ten reminders + why = being change ...

1- Start your day with a task completed
2- You can’t go at it alone
3- Only the size of your heart matters
4- Life’s not fair—drive on!
5- Failure can make you stronger
6- You must dare greatly
7- Stand up to the bullies
8- Rise to the occasion
9- Give people hope
10- Never, ever quit!

If you want to change the world, your own world in the very least, practicing these qualities builds character. Creates a sense of well being matched by faith practices, company mission statements, and even simple family dynamics.

In 2023 I’d like to add that the author notes and it’s a mindset of mind similarly, if we endeavor to change the world as he said for 10 people or in my case 1,000 people who then empower a 1,000 and do this ad Infinitum, meaning for infinity, we in fact within a little over a hundred years from his figures or mine sooner as I’ve already hit my quota and am not stopping to continue, just the two of us can change the world in a few generations.

Imagine, with many more on board how amazing this can be. Especially in regard yo kindness, temperance, and generosity.

We can’t escape life. Why not make it happier and more rewarding? From one man’s experience these ten tributes can apply to anyone’s. Take a title, insert how you use the phrase, and your own story is written by example for those you lead. Especially oneself.

In the very least, give making your bed a try. With sincere effort you’ll witness a difference within the heart for a well made bed after a long hard day.

Highly recommend the audible version. Read by the Admiral, this book can be consumed to and from work on an average commute. Finished by the end of a work out or walk with the dog. Hear it as a family. Then, everyone make a list of ways they’ll use the ten traits. A teacher can use it as a lesson in greatness. Children can add traits and how they’ll practice their biggest weakness into a strength.

This book has potential for the innovative practice of those whom desire a better brighter day as a beacon to self and through everyday lives.

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👆🏼2023
Annual ritual read and added a couple of new pieces to a previous review above. Happy New Year 🥳
👇🏼2022

What starts here changes the world - Admiral McRaven

Every year for the past four this is the book I begin with. I’m still drawn to the reminders within the context.

The encouragement is remembered daily while making my own bed.

What I noticed since beginning my year here at this book launch point, I enjoy this ritual more than I ever have.

I’ve even made it fun by purchasing a variety of duvets to switch out when sheets are changed.

Year after year when it’s time to revisit Admiral McRaven’s encouragement in Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World my focus grows. My enthusiasm for being more enlarges. My purpose via altruism renews.

A fun fact that’s true for me as well as Admiral McRaven … I too went down the wall face first.

Though I was a lot more scared going down the wall the first time backwards. Basic training accentuated my enthusiasm and badassery when challenged.

To counteract razing for my meek nature about the first decent boldly climbed the tower again then repelling face first. One of only a few soldiers attempted this.

The admiral is right. Face first is faster 🤣

I'm not someone who needs to engage my amygdala. Not a drop of need for raising my serotonin via physiological adventures. But it's pretty cool I tried.

This book is one of my favorite rituals that makes my life better resulting in making other lives better.

Happy New Years ya’all ❤️

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👆🏼2022
👇🏼2021

Reread update review 2021. January 1st begins my year with Admiral William H. McRaven’s Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World. The first read was in 2019.

In 2020 on January 1st replicated 2019’s first read of the year’s choice for all the reasons then noted in the first Goodreads review of this book below from 2020.

These two years listened on Audible to the Admiral, who’s the author also, encourage yet another goal or ways to add to self-confidence with teamwork.

Thus began the ritual for starting the year off preparing to change the world.

Who could have imagined 2020 would be so unique for the entire globe?

For me, all new year’s for decades represent a reset focus on what I can do to be the change in my life and for others.

For this third year in the ritual add the hardcopy print edition to my physical library to share.

2021 marks the beginning of being a world changer in a new frightening way. From guest hosting a ten-part blog and podcast from January to October and children’s book blog, too, to the first release of a children’s series in New York City later this year with the Illustrator Jason Squadrito.

What I know for sure is no matter how much my life contributes to the world reminding myself where this begins creates a deeper appreciation for how far I've trekked through everything from Chapter One ”sugar cookies” to ”don’t back down from the sharks” in Chapter Seven. To where I continue to grow to be more for others through my origination story to the message of ”empowering happiness though literacy” whether in word or deed.

I'd like to encourage your first book of the year reflect who you are. Remind yourself who you are becoming. Support ”little things that can change your life... And maybe the world”.

If you need a new voice in your head to help you rise above the noise of negative nouns: people places and things try this book with Admiral McRaven narrating on audio from your local library using the Overdrive App or buy from Audible. To see the original speech click the youtube video here👇🏼

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pxBQLFL...

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2021 update 👆🏼
2020 review 👇🏼

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World, by Admiral William H. McRaven is a tradition every year on January 1st.

Short and to the point, this easily consumed book based on a commencement speech and hero’s life takes me back to my days in the military. Or, as a teacher and parent passing on wisdom to encourage success to my son and or students. Plus, as a human being moving through day to day life toward my best.

This book can fit any of our lives when applied as a lesson. The admiral’s life reflects a hero’s design. We’re all hero’s of our own lives if we want to be. With practice we are.

For me, appreciate the reminders, ten in total to refresh my memory for the year ahead. Especially, what making my bed can mean to myself.

At the end of the day, it always begins with me doing what I can to make myself have a better day, more happiness, a bigger impact in the world.

Ten reminders + why = being change ...

1- Start your day with a task completed
2- You can’t go at it alone
3- Only the size of your heart matters
4- Life’s not fair—drive on!
5- Failure can make you stronger
6- You must dare greatly
7- Stand up to the bullies
8- Rise to the occasion
9- Give people hope
10- Never, ever quit!

If you want to change the world, your own world in the very least, practicing these qualities builds character. Creates a sense of well being matched by faith practices, company mission statements, and even simple family dynamics.

We can’t escape life. Why not make it happier and more rewarding? From one man’s experience these ten tributes can apply to anyone’s experience. Take a title, insert how you use the phrase, and your own story is written by example for those you lead. Especially oneself.

In the very least, give making your bed a try. With sincere effort you’ll witness a difference within the heart for a well made bed after a long hard day.

Highly recommend the audible version. Read by the Admiral, this book can be consumed to and from work on an average commute. Finished by the end of a work out or walk with the dog. Hear it as a family. Then, everyone make a list of ways they’ll use the ten traits. A teacher can use it as a lesson in greatness. Children can add traits and how they’ll practice their biggest weakness into a strength.

This book has potential for the innovative practice of those whom desire a better brighter day as a beacon to self and through everyday lives.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💯

As a seasoned enthusiast in the realm of personal development literature and leadership principles, I find the recurring theme of Admiral William H. McRaven's "Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World" particularly intriguing. Having delved into the book myself and explored its transformative concepts, I can attest to the profound impact it can have on an individual's mindset and actions.

The central message revolves around ten key principles, derived from Admiral McRaven's commencement speech and his life experiences, which are presented as fundamental guidelines for personal growth and success. Allow me to break down these principles and shed light on their significance:

  1. Start your day with a task completed: This emphasizes the importance of initiating your day with a sense of accomplishment, setting a positive tone for the rest of your activities.

  2. You can't go at it alone: Acknowledging the value of teamwork and collaboration, this principle underscores the idea that success is often a collective effort.

  3. Only the size of your heart matters: Focusing on the importance of empathy and compassion, this principle highlights the impact of genuine care for others.

  4. Life's not fair—drive on!: Encouraging resilience in the face of adversity, this principle instills the mindset of persevering through challenges.

  5. Failure can make you stronger: Embracing failure as a learning opportunity, this principle encourages individuals to view setbacks as stepping stones to growth.

  6. You must dare greatly: Advocating for courage and taking bold steps, this principle urges individuals to step out of their comfort zones and pursue ambitious goals.

  7. Stand up to the bullies: Promoting the courage to confront injustice and stand up for what is right, this principle advocates for moral integrity.

  8. Rise to the occasion: Urging individuals to meet challenges with determination and a readiness to excel, this principle underscores the importance of rising to the occasion.

  9. Give people hope: Emphasizing the impact of positive influence, this principle encourages individuals to inspire and uplift others through their actions.

  10. Never, ever quit!: Resonating with the spirit of perseverance, this principle reinforces the idea of tenacity and not giving up on one's aspirations.

Admiral McRaven's book serves as a timeless guide, applicable not only to military personnel but to anyone seeking personal development and a positive change in their life. The recurring tradition of revisiting the book each year reflects a commitment to continuous improvement and a reminder of the timeless wisdom it imparts. The personal anecdotes shared in the reviews further emphasize the book's practicality and its ability to inspire positive habits and attitudes.

In summary, "Make Your Bed" transcends its military origins to offer universal principles that, when applied, can indeed change individual lives and potentially influence the world. It's a testament to the enduring power of simple, actionable wisdom.

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