Make Your Bed - Admiral William H. McRaven

Make Your Bed

By Admiral William H. McRaven

  • Release Date: 2017-04-04
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
From 2,009 Ratings


Based on a Navy SEAL's inspiring graduation speech, this #1 New York Times bestseller of powerful life lessons "should be read by every leader in America" (Wall Street Journal).

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

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

Admiral McRaven's original speech went viral with over 10 million views. Building on the core tenets laid out in his speech, McRaven now recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life's darkest moments.
"Powerful." --USA Today

"Full of captivating personal anecdotes from inside the national security vault." --Washington Post

"Superb, smart, and succinct." --Forbes


  • Great inspirational book

    By jay_k_bee
    It’s a great read.
  • Excellent book

    By miguelito99*
    What a great book the lessons here are essential
  • Love it

    By rhdhbdhdj
    As a 16 yr old girl, this book was absolutely beautiful. Some parts are slow and hard to read get through, but you have to look at the book as a whole. I would definitely recommend for anyone over 12-13 ish because it has some more intense topics that could be difficult for someone younger to understand.
  • Make Your Bed

    By penguin819591069285829692959
    It’s a very short book - 10 chapters each correspond to a different piece of wisdom. However, each chapter/section seems to end JUST when there seems to be a “teachable moment.” As a result, the book contains more stories from McRaven’s time in the military than actionable advice. Potentially useful content feels interrupted - rather than illustrated - by the author’s stories. McRaven should have gone more in depth with advice to readers. Luckily, this surface-level advice can be read in a few hours, so it doesn’t end up consuming *too* much of your time
  • Some helpful

    By isyL678
    U can make far better choice with ur time
  • Cortell

    By Cortell S.
    Amazing it was short but impactful I felt connected to every story told and I believe the wisdom shared in this book will impact everyone who reads this in a powerful positive way!
  • I'am literally 'speechless.'

    By Para.Pito.
    Not rocket science. Yet, so many people just don't get it.
  • Terrible

    By Kramer1993
    There’s bad and then there’s make your bed
  • Enjoyed thoroughly

    By Tylerjcline
    Excellent read, enjoyed how much it made me evaluate my life in its totality and realize I have a lot to be thankful for and not really much to complain about.
  • Very true

    By Mucho Malo Actitud
    We live in a world where most organizations are trying to abuse you in one way or another. Sometimes significantly others not so significantly. Good ole boy organizations are the worst. These life hacks will help you succeed and overcome.