Hello friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven.
Make Your Bed is a book about little things that can change your life ... and maybe the world. It has been described by Forbes as superb, smart, and succinct.
Nothing can replace the strength and comfort of one's faith, but sometimes the simple act of making your bed can give you the lift you need to start your day and provide you the satisfaction to end it right. - Make Your Bed, Chapter 1
None of us are immune from life's tragic moments. [...] 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, and never forget that your success depends on others. - Make Your Bed, Chapter 2
It's not the size of your flippers that count, just the size of your heart. - Make Your Bed, Chapter 3
Sometimes no matter how hard you try, no matter how good you are, you still end up as a sugar cookie. Don't complain. Don't blame it on your misfortune. Stand tall, look to the future, and drive on! - Make Your Bed, Chapter 4
I sometimes fell short of being the best, but I never fell short of giving it my best. - Make Your Bed, Chapter 5
True leaders must learn from their failures, use the lessons to motivate themselves, and not be afraid to try again or make the next tough decision. - Make Your Bed, Chapter 5
Life is a struggle and the potential for failure is ever present, but those who live in fear of failure, or hardship, or embarrassment will never achieve their potential. Without pushing your limits, without occasionally sliding down the rope headfirst, without daring greatly, you will never know what is truly possible in your life. - Make Your Bed, Chapter 6
Without courage, men will be ruled by tyrants and despots. Without courage, no great society can flourish. Without courage, the bullies of the world rise up. With it, you can accomplish any goal. With it, you can defy and defeat evil. - Make Your Bed, Chapter 7
Bullies are all the same; whether they are in the school yard, in the workplace, or ruling a country through terror. They thrive on fear and intimidation. Bullies gain their strength through the timid and faint of heart. They are like sharks that sense fear in the water. They will circle to see if their prey is struggling. They will probe to see if their victim is weak. If you don’t find the courage to stand your ground, they will strike. In life, to achieve your goals, to complete the night swim, you will have to be men and women of great courage. That courage is within all of us. Dig deep, and you will find it in abundance. - Make Your Bed, Chapter 7
At some point we will all confront a dark moment in life. If not the passing of a loved one, then something else that crushes your spirit and leaves you wondering about your future. In that dark moment, reach deep inside yourself and be your very best. - Make Your Bed, Chapter 8
Hope is the most powerful force in the universe. With hope you can inspire nations to greatness. With hope you can raise up the downtrodden. With hope you can ease the pain of unbearable loss. Sometimes all it takes is one person to make a difference. We will all find ourselves neck deep in mud someday. That is the time to sing loudly, to smile broadly, to lift up those around you and give them hope that tomorrow will be a better day. - Make Your Bed, Chapter 9
Life is full of difficult times. But someone out there always has it worse than you do. If you fill your days with pity, sorrowful for the way you have been treated, bemoaning your lot in life, 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 - and you can make it great. Never, ever, ring the bell! - Make Your Bed, Chapter 10