Saturday, May 24, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend - Saturday

 I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Texas. Although I went on to get advanced degrees, my years at UT influenced me more than my time spent at any other university. There are a number of reasons, some positive, some not so much ( But the one element of UT that played the greatest role in making me who I am today (for better or worse) was the quality of people I met there - faculty, staff, and students.

Here's one example.
U.S. Navy admiral and University of Texas, Austin, alumnus William H. McRaven returned to his alma mater last week to give seniors 10 lessons from basic SEAL training when he spoke at the school's commencement.
Admiral McRaven was the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command who organized the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. In his speech, he stressed the importance of basic lessons he learned during SEAL training, and their applicability to everyday life.
"While these lessons were learned during my time in the military, I can assure you that it matters not whether you ever served a day in uniform," McRaven told students. "It matters not your gender, your ethnic or religious background, your orientation, or your social status."

I have been a Navy SEAL for 36 years. But it all began when I left UT for Basic SEAL training in Coronado, California.

Basic SEAL training is six months of long torturous runs in the soft sand, midnight swims in the cold water off San Diego, obstacles courses, unending calisthenics, days without sleep and always being cold, wet and miserable.

It is six months of being constantly harassed by professionally trained warriors who seek to find the weak of mind and body and eliminate them from ever becoming a Navy SEAL.

But, the training also seeks to find those students who can lead in an environment of constant stress, chaos, failure and hardships.

To me basic SEAL training was a life time of challenges crammed into six months.

So, here are the ten lesson's I learned from basic SEAL training that hopefully will be of value to you as you move forward in life.
[Note: I've only included lesson #1. IMO it is the most important of the ten. For the rest of them, go here.]
Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Viet Nam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they would inspect was your bed.

If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack—rack—that's Navy talk for bed.

It was a simple task—mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle hardened SEALs—but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.

If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.

By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.

If you can't do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made—that you made—and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
You can find the full speech here, along with a video of it. Read and share. Anyone who follows these ten simple rules will find their life vastly improved.

Micheal Monsoor shows us the way.

The story of Michael Monsoor's funeral can be found here.


Old NFO said...

That he did, and Mikey was a good kid.

CenTexTim said...

A good kid, and a great American...