Summary of University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address – Admiral William H. McRaven

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University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address – Admiral William H. McRaven summary

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Admiral William H. McRaven believes that the actions of today’s youngsters can change the entire world within just a few generations and that the principles he learned during his Navy SEAL training can offer a blueprint for doing so. getAbstract recommends McRaven’s solid, instructive guidelines to those who strive for a better world.

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Admiral William H. McRaven, a chancellor at the University of Texas, is a former admiral in the US Navy.


The University of Texas’s motto, “What starts here changes the world,” inspired alumnus Admiral William H. McRaven to share 10 lessons he learned during arduous Navy SEAL training that laypeople and military personnel alike can harness to improve the world:

  1. “Start off by making your bed” – The Navy SEAL recruits meticulously made their beds each morning. Such a small early triumph can propel you into a productive day.
  2. “Find someone to help you paddle” – As they rowed through treacherous surf, the rookies relied on their comrades and soon learned that no one gets through life alone.
  3. “Measure a person by the size of their heart...

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