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 2,124 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


  • Nothing life changing

    By Danny8678
    Some good stories and points. Wouldn’t read again.
  • Awesome, inspiring and simple.

    By pjh6564
    I will be sending a copy of this book to my son’s. They are not in the military, they don’t need to be to understand the messages.
  • Chapters

    By xavierreads
    Each chapter has a beautiful message.
  • Book that made me better

    By ebballin4ever
    Awesome read. Gratitude and humility personified
  • Me gusto

    By verentegico
    Pues me medio perdí ya casi al final pero fue porque lo deje de leer, así que tuve que buscar resúmenes de los capítulos y juro que me gusto mucho el mensaje que viene detrás de cada capitulo. Muy bueno!!
  • 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