Top Navy SEAL gives 10 Lessons to Change the World – Epic Graduation Speech

ADM William McRaven's 2014 Commencement Address to the Univ. of Texas
May 30, 2014 at 6:06 pm  •  Posted in Featured, Leadership, videos by

Ten Lessons from SEAL training to Change the World

Admiral Bill McRaven, Drawing upon his 36 years of experience as a Navy SEAL and specifically from his time in Basic SEAL Training (BUD/S), offered advice for changing the world. ADM McRaven described the ease with which a single good decision can save generations of lives.  The advice is simple and is spoken in Navy vernacular, but serves as solid guidelines for everyone — in both military and civilian contexts.

ADM McRaven charged the 2014 graduating class at the University of Texas to follow the following ten steps in order to change the world.

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

  2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.

  3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.

  4. If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.

  5. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.

  6. If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.

  7. If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.

  8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.

  9. If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.

  10. If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.

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