“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. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into mini task completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right you’ll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day you will come home to a bed that is made. That you made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better”.
Change the world: lessons for life from Admiral William H. McRaven
I wanted to start this post with these words from Admiral William H. McRaven. The man who hunted Bin Laden, the man who went from military hero of the Navy SEAL to coaching guru thanks to a speech he gave at the University of Texas and that you can see below these lines. He is the man they compare with Steve Jobs in terms of personal motivation.
Hold on and never ever give up if you want to improve the world
To pass SEAL training, there a series of long swims that must be completed. One is the night swim. Before the swim, the instructors joyfully brief the students on all the species of sharks that inhabit the waters of San Clemente. They assure you, however, that no student has ever been eaten by a shark. At least not that they can remember. But you are also taught that if a shark begins to circle your position, stand your ground!!! Do not swim away. Do not act afraid. And if the shark, hungry for a midnight snack darts towards you, then summons up all your strength and punch him in the snout, and he will turn and swim away.
There are a lot of sharks in the world. If you hope to complete the swim you will have to deal with them. So if you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.
Measure a person by the size of their heart
The Hell Week
If you want to change the world, give people hope
“If I have learned anything in my time traveling the world, it is the power of hope. The power of one person. A Washington, a Lincoln, King, Mandela, and even a young girl from Pakistan, Malala. 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, faced down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden, and never ever give up. If you do these things, the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today. And what started here will indeed have changed the world for the better”.