If You Want to Change the World…

Navy Admiral Wm McRaven

Naval Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduates at the University of Texas, Austin 2014 with lessons he learned from his basic SEAL training.

His encouraging words could apply to all who want to make a difference:

#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.

            For failing the uniform inspection, the student had to run, fully clothed into the surfzone and then, wet from head to toe, roll around on the beach until every part of your body was covered with sand… known as a “sugar cookie.” You stayed in that uniform the rest of the day—cold, wet and sandy.

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

            A circus was two hours of additional calisthenics—designed to wear you down, to break your spirit, to force you to quit.

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

#7. So, 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. So, if you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.

            —one person can change the world by giving people hope.

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

All you have to do to quit—is ring the bell. 

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