Mary's Book Review: Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven

That Wisconsin Girl book review about the book Make Your Bed by Admiral William McRaven


1 star = hated it
2 star = it was okay
3 star = liked it
4 star = really liked it
5 star = it was amazing

Book Review Rating - 5 Stars


William H. McRaven, a retired United States Navy four-star admiral, gave a commencement speech at the University of Texas in March of 2014 where he shared 10 life lessons that he learned from being a navy seal. Many Americans resonated with the speech that soon became the inspiration for his best-selling book,
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… and Maybe the World. 

The Eyes of Texas Are Upon a Man Who Kept to the Shadows - The New York  Times
Admiral McRaven giving the University of Texas commencement speech in 2014

The book stresses the realities of life as we know it without sugarcoating it. McRaven encourages us to recognize life’s inevitable unfairness, but to not let it stop us from doing our job. He believes everyone must push forward, and start taking mindful steps to change your life, even if it’s as small as making your bed each morning.

My Recommendation

I would absolutely give this book 5 stars, no questions asked. My own values align with the ones discussed in the book and I too, like Admiral McRaven, do not sugarcoat things. I am a genuine believer that your day will reflect your mindset and that the more mindful steps you take to have a good day, the better it will be. I believe that if you have a bad, half-assed mindset, your day will be half assed. It’s as simple as that. Life doesn’t have to be easy and fair to be a good life. Just keep the noise that works for you, and let the rest go. And don’t forget to make your bed!

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