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By: Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy SEAL, Retired)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date: April 2017
Nonfiction, Life Skills, Inspirational, Navy
Plus(es): Admiral McRaven (Retired) Gives concrete examples of life skills lessons, Short chapters move the book along at a good pace, Great reading for High School Students and reluctant readers
Make Your Bed: Little Things that can Change Your Life … and Maybe the World clearly illustrates, through Admiral McRaven’s actual experiences as a Navy SEAL, how to handle the challenges of getting through life successfully. It is easy to see why this book has become a sensation and has won many accolades. (Retired) Admiral McRaven does not sugarcoat the hardships he experienced as a Navy SEAL.
The crux of this book is based on the premise that completing a task at the beginning of the day, such as making your bed daily, establishes routine and order. This constant will help you through arduous times. Through explicit examples from McRaven’s time with the Navy SEALs, he explains some essential life lessons. Some of these lessons include: failures can make you stronger if you persevere, trust your abilities and take some risks, and dig deep for courage because, without it, the bullies of the world will take over. Read the book if you want to know the meaning behind the saying, “Don’t ever ring the bell!”
Life is not fair is a reality for all of us. However, McRaven does a remarkable job summarizing how we can still endure. This is definitely a worthwhile read! Inspiring!
Awards/Recognition(s): #1 New York Times Bestseller & Amazon Bestseller
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