If You Want To Change The World, Make Your Bed

Two weeks ago, on May 17th, an incredibly inspiring  commencement address was given by Admiral William McRaven, to the graduating students of the University of Texas. 


It was a speech focused on 10 lessons that Admiral McRaven had learned years ago while he was in Navy SEAL training.  All ten points were addressing UT's slogan of:  "What starts here changes the world." 

The commencement address has been circulating over the past two weeks because each of his points were so markedly strong.  But as my husband read to me this past Saturday morning, the full commencement speech from the Wall Street Journal, I knew that Admiral McRaven's first point would have to be shared in my blog.

What was his number one point?


So simple, yet so profound!

So for all those parents who have children home this summer, this post is for you, an excerpt from Admiral McRaven's address.  And if you need a little help to "enlist" your children to grasp this idea (or maybe even yourself), click the link below, for a photo to hang on a kitchen fridge, or a bathroom mirror, to motivate your family to MAKE THEIR BEDS AND CHANGE THE WORLD!

 Admiral McRaven:

"1. Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Vietnam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they would inspect was your bed. If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack—that's Navy talk for bed.

It was a simple task, mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that we were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle hardened SEALs, but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.

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. 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 little things in life matter.

If you can't do the little things right, you will never 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.

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

Click here for a print out to help your family: Make Their Bed And Change The World!

© margaret young