Summary: Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven.

 I’ve been putting it off because it’s such a short read, but I chose it for this month because I needed to choose short books. If I didn’t, I probably wouldn’t finish on time and be behind my monthly reading schedule.

The book is broken down into ten aphoristic lessons that McRaven contends apply to people in all walks of life.

Chapter 1: Start Your Day with a Task Completed

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.Making his bed was a reminder that at the end of the day he had done something well, something to be proud of no matter how small the task

Chapter 2: You Can’t Go It Alone

If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.You need people in life to help you through the difficult times.He realized that anything he achieved in life was a result of others helping him along the way.It takes a team of good people to get you to your destination in life.You cannot paddle the boat alone.Find someone to share your life with.Make as many friends as possible.Never forget that your success depends on others.

Chapter 3: Only the Size of Your Heart Matters

If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart.Proving that size didn’t matter, that the color of your skin wasn’t important, that money didn’t make you better, that determination and grit were always more important than talent

Chapter 4: Life’s Not Fair. Drive On.

If you want to change the world, get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.The common people and the great men and women are all defined by how they deal with life’s unfairness

Chapter 5: Failure Can Make You Stronger

If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses“The circus” was designed to put you through a spiral of failure but make you stronger.In life, you will face a lot of circuses. You will pay for your failures but if you persevere, if you’ll let those failures teach you and strengthen you, then you’ll be prepared to handle life’s toughest moments

Chapter 6: You Must Dare Greatly

If you want to change the world, slide down the obstacle headfirst.Those who live in fear of failure, hardship, or embarrassment will never achieve their potential.Without pushing your limits, without daring greatly, you will never know what is truly possible in your life

Chapter 7: Stand Up to the Bullies

If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.Make shark fin soup instead.

Chapter 8: Rise to the Occasion

If you want to change the world, be your very best in the darkest moments

Chapter 9: Give People Hope

If you want to change the world, start singing when you are up to your neck in mud.He learned of the power of one person to lead and inspire a group, to give them hope

Chapter 10: Never Ever Quit

If you want to change the world, don’t ever, ever ring the bell.If you fill your days with pity, blaming your circumstances on someone or something else, then life will be long and hard.If, on the other hand, you refuse to give up on your dreams, stand tall and strong against the odds, then life will be what you make of it

Summarizing the Summary:

  • If you make your bed, that one task completed will eventually lead to many tasks completed by the end of the day
  • Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things matter
  • If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right
  • If you want to change the world, find someone to help you
  • Nothing matters but your will to succeed
  • If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart
  • Sometimes no matter how well you prepare or how well you perform, you still end up as a sugar cookie
  • If you want to change the world, get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward
  • Over time, the students who constantly made the circus list got stronger and stronger
  • The pain of the circuses built inner strength and physical resilience
  • If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses
  • If you want to change the world, sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle headfirst
  • If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks
  • If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment
  • One person can change the world by giving hope
  • If you want to change the world, start singing when you are up to your neck in mud
  • If you want to change the world, don’t ever, ever ring the bell
  • If you want to change the world,respect everyone
  • Know that life is not fair
  • You will fail often
  • Take some risks
  • Step up when the times are toughest
  • Facedown the bullies
  • Lift up the downtrodden
  • Never, ever give up

This book is very short, crisp and to the point. The message in the book is for everyone who want to inculcate self discipline.

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