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KIU Book Club: Make Your Bed by Admiral William McRaven


As throngs of KIU students graduate this week on Saturday, April 24, those students, especially the undergraduates, venture into the unknown – the school of hard knocks that is life.

This book, which is based on Admiral William McRaven’s moving graduation speech at the University of Texas, Austin in 2014, will surely get you inspired and fired up to shoot straight out of the blocks after graduation.

A video of the same speech can be found on YouTube. Watch it by clicking here.

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven (in the picture)addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

Admiral McRaven's original speech went viral with over 10 million views. Building on the core tenets laid out in his speech, McRaven now recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life's darkest moments.

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

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