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Make Your Bed: Small Things That Can Change Your Life and Maybe the World by William H McRaven digested read

John Crace forces-out the retired US admiral and special ops officers self-help volume to do 500 press-ups

On 17 May 2014, I was asked to give a speech at the graduation rite of my alma mater, the University of Texas. I chose to tell them the 10 lessons I had learned during my 34 -year career as a navy SEAL. I hope you enjoy them rather more than they did.

1 Start off by making your couch

The barracks at basic SEAL training is a nondescript building in Coronado, California. Chambers are spartan, with a simple steel bed on which there is a mattress, two sheets and a gray blanket. Every morning, we would have to attain our beds. If the chore wasnt done properly, we would be sent on a 10 -mile run. Stimulating my bed taught me the importance of getting my day off to a good start. Years later, when we finally captured Saddam Hussein in Iraq, I was intrigued to notice that “hes never” stimulated his couch. Its that kind of laziness that can lead to the downfall of any dictator.

2 Find someone to help you paddle

During my SEAL training, we had to learn to paddle a barge in a crew of 7. Sometimes, one of the recruits was a bit tired this is why we didnt go as fast as the other barge and the officers would attain us all do 500 press-ups when we got back to the beach. This taught me the meaning of team work. And also to never get in a boat with person I thought was a bit of a loser.

3 Measure a person by the size of their heart

Just because you are small, it doesnt mean you are a failing. The guy with the biggest flippers is not ever the man you want next to you in a crisis. During one mission behind enemy lines in Afghanistan, I got stuck inside a tight passageway. Fortunately, I was with a man who was only 5ft tall. He was able to run for assistance. Saddam Hussein had big flippers.

4 Get over has become a carbohydrate cookie

In all of SEAL training, there was no worse penalty than being coated in wet sand like a carbohydrate cookie and not being allowed to wash for three weeks. One morning, after I had successfully completed an exercise, the instructor “ve told me” roll in the sand. Do you know why you are a carbohydrate cookie? he asked me. I replied that I didnt. Because life is unfair, he said. This taught me that life was unfair. Get over it. Shit happens. So what if you lose a leg in a car accident? At least, youve got one good one left.

5 Dont be afraid of the Circus

The Circus was a brutal session of callisthenics that transgressed many SEAL recruits because they were afraid of it. I wasnt afraid of it so it didnt break me. If youre frightened, you lose. Saddam Hussein was afraid of the Circus.

6 Be prepared to jump

In SEAL training, we had to find the quickest style of get down from a 60 -metre tower. I systematically failed this test by using the zip wire. It was only when I was prepared to hurl myself off head first that I passed. The multiple leg fractures I incurred were more than worth it. Sometimes you just have to show initiative.

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life And Perhaps the World by William H McRaven( Michael Joseph, 9.99) Photograph: Michael Joseph

7 Dont back down from the sharks

One of the more hellish exercises we had to endure as SEALs was a 15 -mile swim through waters infested with great white sharks. Although we lost several good recruits that night, the rest of us got to experience what it felt like to get lucky. Saddam Hussein never ran for a swimming with sharks.

8 Be your very best in the darkest instants

At night, it is often hard to see what you are doing. During these hours, it is important to be the more good you can be. Always remember that while you are alive you are not yet dead.

9 Start singing when you are up to your neck in dirt

During SEAL training, we were often made to inter ourselves in mud for weeks at a time. Singing helped to keep our spirits up. So make sure you join a choir. Being in a choir gives you hope. Saddam Hussein was never in a choir.

10 Dont ever resounding the bell

At Coronado, there was a buzzer that SEAL recruits could echo to signify they wanted to give up and watch TV. I never rang that buzzer. Ringing a bell, even on a bicycle, is evidence of weakness. Saddam Hussein rang the bell three times a day.

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