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Make Your Bed

Small things that can change your life...and maybe the world
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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Make Your Bed, written and read by William H. McRaven.

The incredible number one New York Times best seller.

Make your bed to change the world....

'What starts here changes the world' was the university slogan that inspired William H. McRaven to take charge of the small things that could change his life...and even the world. Here McRaven shares the 10 life-changing principles he learned during his 37 years as a Navy SEAL. These 10 philosophies helped him to overcome challenges not only in his career but also throughout his life. What's more anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves, and the world, for the better....

Begin each day with a simple task, help one another through life, respect everyone, know that your life won't be fair and that you will fail often, take risks, step up when times are tough, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up.

Do these things, and we will live in a far better world than the one before it....

Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple and universal wisdom, practical advice and words of encouragement that will inspire listeners to achieve more even in life's darkest moments.

©2017 William H. McRaven (P)2017 Penguin Random House UK

Critic reviews

"Superb, smart, succinct." ( Forbes)
"A book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything they can." ( The Wall Street Journal)

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compelling advice, but...

Some great examples here, from someone who's clearly been through a lot, and his approach to life has helped him do this.
However if you have no interest in the military, or the elite squads, or how awesome commander X was, the constant military terms are quite tiresome.

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to the point, no waffle.

Excellent. The last chapter is the perfect summary and something I'll keep referring back to.

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Some good stories and points but quite short.

Once you get to the points of do one task like make your bed and never quit there wasn't much else apart from how hard Seal training is. I felt there was more which could of been told.

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A guide for life

Would you consider the audio edition of Make Your Bed to be better than the print version?

Any book narrated by the author will have an extra "something" compared to the printed version and this book is no different.

What did you like best about this story?

The short chapters make this an easy book to "dip into".

What about Admiral William H. McRaven’s performance did you like?

The Admiral isn't a trained actor or performer but this adds to the authenticity and enhances his genuine respect for those who have guided and influenced his life.

Any additional comments?

I would like to think one day the Admiral will write a more extensive autobiography and share an insider's view of the World we now live in and it's recent history.

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For U S Army

This book should have a warning that you need to be a member of the. U S Army to understand

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Mind blowing!

This book and it's author are both inspiring and incredible. I highly recommend it and look forward to listening again!

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A Guide

I’m a final year college student and I am beginning to form the habits that will last me the the rest of my life (good and bad).
I try to listen to this book every second month or so, to focus myself up and ensure that I get the most from my life, outstanding book.

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good information that simplify life and thoughts.

it was well contextualised and put things in perspective. could.relate.to the lessons learnt and inherent in the military manner.

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Less is most definitely more.

No need for flowery prose when the best lessons are simple.

Accent isn't the easiest at first but coming from the author gave the narrative greater authority.

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well worth listening too

well worth listening to , easy to listen too and easy to do - great information

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  • 17-05-20

overall great content

inspirational stuff. wish it went longer especially the stories about seal training and combat, but guess that's what his other books are for..

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  • 29-10-19

Great life lessons

Make your bed is filled with 10 life lessons that are memorable and universal for any situation we find ourselves.

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  • Ingmar Lindström
  • 13-02-20

Excellent, Concise.

Great book/listen. Some peculiar repetitions, but the whole experience was great and is recommended for anyone to take part of.

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  • Michael
  • 21-08-19

Skip it

This book is so trivial. If you like sentences like "Don't give up" this may be your book, if not skip it.

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  • Melissa
  • 28-07-19

Inspirational and Life Changing. ☺️

Inspirational and Life Changing advice. Thank you so much for sharing your stories!!! NEVER ring the bell ❤️

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  • HQ
  • 10-01-19

Great book! short and easy to follow.

The lessons are great, short and easy to understand straight away. Make it clear how small tasks can help to motivated ourselves and move forward every day. Life could be easy or difficult, but how we approach it every time will make the difference! I watched the YouTube video and discussed about it with my children, now young adults during dinner, and really enjoyed to hear their comments, followed by their questions and comments in regards to similarities with life and day to day activities in general. Really enjoyed this book! Thanks!

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  • jjlaw
  • 05-06-18

does the job

this book does the job it set out to do, much like its author. mission accomplished

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-18

Short and sweet

The lessons are great, short and sweet. The voice is not that easy to listen to.
The whole book is about the speech that went viral, if you liked the speech you will like the details behind it described in the book.

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  • 28-01-18

Fantastic

This audiobook is very easy to get through and very inspiring. Small decisions lead to big things.

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  • 14-01-18

Never ever quit

This book has touched my life and ispired me not to quit my dreams. Thank you!