Admiral William H McRaven gave an insightful life lessen in a graduation speech in 2014. Key points came from his basic seal training back in 1977 and is highly relevant today…….. You can track down the film on You Tube…
If you want to change the world – or just your part in it:
Start with making your bed. what was the point of daily bed inspections? To set the bar. If you can’t do the little stuff – you’ll never do the big stuff. It sets a positive note for the day – you’ve completed your first task! If nothing else, you’ll come home to a well made bed!
Learn how to paddle! A boat will only travel efficiently if everyone works together. Know when to ask for help. The ‘munchkins’ where the best paddle team. From different backgrounds, different statues, all had heart, worked together and won the challenge.
Get over being a cookie – for failed uniform inspection, seals had to go in the water then roll in the sand – called ‘cookie’. They then stayed in this all day. Many couldn’t take this constant failure and dropped out. They missed the lesson of failure. You have to keep going.
Embrace the circus: for failing a physical challenge, a Seal had to do two extra hours. Embrace it, it builds stamina. The lesson is you will fail and sometime fail often but keep going, it builds stamina and resilience.
Go head first – sometimes you have to do things a different way and dive in.
Face down the bullies – Seals are trained to stand their ground when swimming in shark infested waters. If a shark circles – punch it hard on the snout – it will swim away.
Be the best you can – especially in the darkest moment.
When you’re up to your neck in mud – start singing! – The power of hope. It takes just one person and spreads quickly. Think of Washington, Lincoln, King, Mahala
Don’t ever ring the bell! In Seal training, there is a brass bell which people ring to give up. Never give-up. Keep going you will succeed.
“Start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone. Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often. But if you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up — if you do these things, then the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today.”
“It matters not your gender, your ethnic or religious background, your orientation, or your social status. Our struggles in this world are similar and the lessons to overcome those struggles and to move forward—changing ourselves and the world around us—will apply equally to all.”
“Changing the world can happen anywhere and anyone can do it.”
Some great lessons for us all………..