Welcome to the day called Tuesday. Men, women, and children should come from all over the world to maximize this day. Because if they do, they can change the world. Before I get back to the book, I have to share some thoughts I had from a speech I listened to by Navy Seal, Admiral William H. McRaven. When you have some time, YouTube this speech. It literally knocked my socks off! He crushed it! In his speech, he talks specifically about the training that these men have to go through to become a Navy Seal, and how a very select few are able to make it through the training. Here are some of the lessons he learned and passed onto the students from the University of Texas:
1. If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks- haters are going to be haters, and they are going to constantly be taking stabs at you to try and stop you from accomplishing greatness. This part of his speech reminded me of one of my favorite quotes by Ghandi. “First they ignored us, then they laughed at us, then they tried to fight us, then we won.” If you just keep on keeping on, YOU WILL EVENTUALLY WIN! Don’t let the sharks of the world stop you from doing that. Punch them in the snout and move forward.
2. If you want to change the world, start by making your bed- he calls it a small victory to start your day. Start your day with small victories like making your bed and doing your studies. If you can’t accomplish small tasks, how do you expect to do great things?
3. If you want to change the world, what matters is the size of your heart, not the size of your flippers- the reason he said flippers is because he said there was a group of men in his camp that were no larger than 5’2″ tall. They were known as the “midget group”. And the rest of the group used to laugh at how small their flippers were during obstacles that had to do with water. “But”, he said. “This ‘Midget Group’ was absolutely incredible with their heart. They never backed down, they never lost sight of their goal, and they ALWAYS finished their mission. And because of their heart, everyone wanted them on their team.
4. If you want to change the world, be your very best in your darkest moment. Your true character comes out when your back is against the wall. These are the moments that shape who we are. When you feel like you have nothing left, count down from 5, and get up and move.
5. If you want to change the world, never, ever ring the bell- I am sure we have all heard that when a potential seal is going through boot camp, the way they show their fellow teammates that they have chosen to give up is ring the bell that sits in the middle of the main floor for everyone to see. Life is going to be incredibly challenging sometimes. And unfortunately, in that moment, most of the world rings that bell. But those that make the conscious decision to never, ever give up, will ALWAYS end up winning!
"If you want to change the world, start by making your bed."Navy Seal, Admiral William H. McRaven
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Major respect to the men and women that fight for our country every single day, Cram