A daily routine is good; kindness is better

What would retired Admiral William H. McRaven of the United States Navy say about this unmade bed?


McRaven, a four-star admiral who served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014, was chancellor of The University of Texas System from 2015 to 2018. He gave a commencement address at UT in 2014 in which he told graduates if they wanted to change the world, they should start by making their beds. The speech is still popular on YouTube and McRaven later wrote a book, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World .

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, McRaven said in the speech.

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