Don’t ring the bell!

This is one of my favorite speeches of all time.

10 life lessons from Admiral William H McRaven, Commander, United States Special Operations Command.

‘Start each day with a task completed.  Respect everyone.  Know that life is not fair and you will fail often.  Take some risks.  Step up when times are the toughest.  Face down the bullies.  Lift up the downtrodden.  Never, ever give up.  The next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than we have today.  What started here will have changed the world for the better.’

(1) If you want to change the world, make your bed.

(2) On a team, exert equal effort.  Everyone must paddle, or the boat in rough waters will fail on course.  You can’t change the world alone.  You will need some help.  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) Everyone failed uniform inspection.  No matter how well you prepare or perform, you still end up as a sugar cookie.  Get over it, and keep moving forward.

(5) You will fail often in life; it will be painful and discouraging… but if you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.

(6) At least twice a week you had to run the obstacle course.  The most challenging was the slide for life.  If you want to change the world, sometimes you have to go head first.

(7) There are many sharks in the world.  If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.

(8) One of the challenges is swimming 2 miles underwater using a depth gauge and a compass to a target. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moments.

(9) Ninth week of training is known as hell week.  6 days of no sleep … constant mental and physical harassment and one day at the mud. If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.

(10) All you have to do to quit in SEAL training is ring the brass bell.  Ring the bell and you no longer have to be in the freezing cold swims.  You no longer have to endure the hardships of training.  If you want to change the world, don’t ever ever ring the bell.




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