If You Want to Change the World, Start Off by Making Your Bed – William McRaven, US Navy Admiral

– If you wanna change the world, start off by making your bed. (audience laughs) 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
many tasks 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 you by chance you
have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made. (audience laughs) That you made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better. To pass SEAL training, there are 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 off 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 on 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. Over a few weeks of difficult training, my SEAL class, which started with 150 men, was down to just 42. There were now six boat
crews of seven men each. I was in the boat with the tall guys, but the best boat crew we had
was made up of little guys. The munchkin crew we called them. No one was over five foot five. The munchkin boat crew
had one American Indian, one African American, one Polish American, one Greek American, one Italian American, and two tough kids from the Midwest. They outpaddled, outran, and outswam all the other boat crews. The big men in the other boat crews would always make good-natured fun of the tiny little flippers the munchkins put on
their tiny little feet prior to every swim. But somehow these little guys from every corner of
the nation and the world always had the last laugh. Swimming faster than everyone
and reaching the shore long before the rest of us. SEAL training was a great equalizer. Nothing mattered but your will to succeed. Not your color, not your ethic background, not your education,
not your social status. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the
size of their heart, not by the size of their flippers. The ninth week of training
is referred to as Hell Week. It is six days of no sleep, constant physical and mental harassment, and one special day at the mud flats. The mud flats are an area
between San Diego and Tijuana, where the water runs off and creates the Tijuana slews, a swampy patch of terrain
where the mud will engulf you. It is on Wednesday of Hell Week that you paddle down to the mud flats and spend the next 15 hours trying to survive the freezing cold, the howling wind, and the incessant pressure
to quit from the instructors. As the sun began to set
that Wednesday evening, my training class, having committed some
egregious, infractioned rules, was ordered into the mud. The mud consumed each man till there was nothing
visible but our heads. The instructors told us
we could leave the mud if only five men would quit. Only five men, just five men, and we could get out
of the oppressive cold. Looking around the mud flat, it was apparent that some
students were about to give up. There was still over eight
hours until the sun came up, eight more hours of bone chilling cold. The chattering teeth and shivering moans of the trainees were so loud, it was hard to hear anything. And then, one voice began
to echo through the night. One voice raised in song. The song was terribly out of tune, but sung with great enthusiasm. One voice became two, and two became three, and before long everyone
in the class was singing. The instructors threatened
us with more time in the mud if we kept up the singing, but the singing persisted, and somehow the mud
seemed a little warmer, and the wind a little tamer, and the dawn not so far away. 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, face 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. (dramatic music)

100 thoughts on “If You Want to Change the World, Start Off by Making Your Bed – William McRaven, US Navy Admiral

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  2. He's right. Do small tasks everyday and you'll be top of the world in RPG.

  3. Put this man in a ticket – any ticket, I don't care if it is the Black Riders Liberation Party – and I will vote for him.

  4. Changing the world haaa big words for me ,I mean Changing the world nothing but changing yourself and adjusting to the same crual world
    I don't want an Empty words I want something genuine(😟 I want really thing )
    People is so fascinated at giving speech but can't fascinated at doing things

  5. stupid seals, why punch a shark in the snout…just ask for a safe space💁‍♂️

  6. If u wanna change the world stop warmongering….stop invading other countries…. stop killing civilians…. would be a Better world immediately

  7. Hold the line , face aggression with aggression, never back down.

  8. He borrowed this principle from Jesus Christ the Son of the Most High God : D
    Luke 16:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

    10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.

  9. His voice is impressive, his speech is impressive and his English is impressive so all together becomes perfect.

  10. my task every morning isnt making my bed. its getting out of my bed. 😂

    but still a great speech

  11. My teacher showed me this but I can’t remember which teacher it was.

  12. i watch this video every day, and every time it is hard to keep it together and not fall completely to tears.


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  15. It's so bizarre as a non-us citizen to watch this Man speak and think that he's President only has a 1% of his IQ. Something's messed up with you America 🇺🇸

  16. I'm a failure. I had so many friends who graduated from Texas while I tried to get in from ACC. I'm now applying again. My GPA was horrible until now. Keep trying. Please fight when you least expect yourself to come through. That's hope. Hold on to that. It will carry you more than you know. Don't give up. Don't give up. Especially when they tell you it's not possible.

  17. I think the navy will pay me on the back for breathing one day just like the chair force

  18. Well, I can’t do much but. I’ll make my bed everyday from now on. Thank you for this.

  19. Ended up listening at the end of my workout doing leg raises. I thought I was done…till I heard this-especially when he said the story about the little guys. I couldn’t back out before the song and speech were done and somehow someway I kept going.

  20. Just keep doing those push-ups! And, keep those dress shoes shiny-bright! And, keep saluting everything that moves (including the garbage-man). Keep nodding your head in agreement to this set of goofy, 200-year old clichés that even MY DOG wouldn't believe! That's right…

  21. You Sir have the quality of becoming a prime minister not a general or a commando or a soldier. Become a President/Prime minster so you can prevent wars and making sure our world dont need generals and nuclear bombs.

  22. I made up my bed today. Didn't even eat breakfast, went for a 9 mile bike ride. Showered. Trimmed my nails. Now I will solve the rubik's cube 50 times. Practice speed typing for 20 mins. Learn 2 lines of a piano piece. Will solve 20 MOOC programming exercises. 1 hour of khan academy. Then read 5 chapters of a book. Then I will eat and play. 😀 Keep strong brothers and sisters! You can do it! I love you. I'm proud of you! <3

  23. I never made my bed every morning. So tomorrow I’m going try to start my day by making my bed!!!

  24. Made my bed. World still fucked. I even had high hopes and punched a shark. Instructions must be faulty. Refund requested.

  25. I have played this video to many of my UNIVERSITY students and, as he says, if just 10 of them are inspired by it, and they inspire another 10… make the numbers.

  26. Where is the same video which was 10 minutes long? That one was much better!!!!!

  27. Well since we are all asleep in a dream machine…that make your bed is impossible

  28. I myself doubt that Mireck xxx ever made His bed. Simone should have look at His syfilis wharts on His legs near THE genitals. Just count all THE soldiers from NATO that sacrificed their life just so Mireck xxx 2009 could lade a capitalistic living by urinating om 18 year old girls ! God plays with Dice & Mireck xxx of NATO plays with Young girls. Only THE sionist refuse to Accept that truth.

  29. One man can change the 🌎 ❤
    Thank you Sir.God bless yoiand your walk.

  30. A terrible Guy !We do need more people of this kind.Where are they at the elections ?He really should become the President of the US.But he would be welcome in Hungary too !

  31. Never give up, focus on putting one foot in front of the other it doesn’t matter if it’s a small step or a big step that’s all you have to think about and you’re get through anything. Team work is everything. Rely on each other to get yourselves through any task, mission.

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