Have you watched Admiral McRaven’s commencement address to the 2014 graduating class of the University of Texas? It is both ‘short and memorable.’ Adm. McRaven asks every one of the 10,000 in attendance to affect change in the world. How? Change the lives of just 10 people forever. That means that in 5 generations (125 years), 800 million lives are changed by the 10,000 in that graduating class.
Adm. McRaven shares 10 lessons learned from basic SEAL training that you may pass on to others to change the world and to serve them a lifetime and generations after that:
- Accomplish simple tasks before moving on to the big things: The little things do matter. Make your bed right, accomplish this simple task of the day and you are ready for many other tasks.
- It takes 2, or 3, or 100. You can’t do it alone. It takes a team to affect real change.
- Looks can be deceiving: In the words of a SEAL, measure a person by the size of their heart before all else. Success takes courage.
- Get over yourself. Sometimes life is always going to kick you in the ass and you can’t achieve perfection. The key is to keep moving forward. Progress over perfection.
- You will fail, and you will fail often. It’s painful and discouraging but it will build your resiliency. Don’t be afraid to fail.
- Sometimes you have to take risks and do things different to come out ahead.
- There are a lot of sharks in life, stand up for yourself and punch them in the snout.
- Be your best in the darkest moments: calm, composed, and tactical with inner strength
- Hope is powerful, especially when you’re up to your neck in mud.
- Don’t give up.