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Make Your Bed

Small things that can change your life...and maybe the world
Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Make Your Bed, written and read by William H. McRaven.

The incredible number one New York Times best seller.

Make your bed to change the world....

'What starts here changes the world' was the university slogan that inspired William H. McRaven to take charge of the small things that could change his life...and even the world. Here McRaven shares the 10 life-changing principles he learned during his 37 years as a Navy SEAL. These 10 philosophies helped him to overcome challenges not only in his career but also throughout his life. What's more anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves, and the world, for the better....

Begin each day with a simple task, help one another through life, respect everyone, know that your life won't be fair and that you will fail often, take risks, step up when times are tough, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up.

Do these things, and we will live in a far better world than the one before it....

Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple and universal wisdom, practical advice and words of encouragement that will inspire listeners to achieve more even in life's darkest moments.

©2017 William H. McRaven (P)2017 Penguin Random House UK

Critic Reviews

"Superb, smart, succinct." ( Forbes)
"A book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything they can." ( The Wall Street Journal)

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Best audio book of all time.

This audio book teaches you 10 simple but very effective ways of improving not only your life but the life's of those around you. Thank you very much Admiral McRaven

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great book

Simple, effective and to the point. easy book to take in . great to listen to for a short book

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My Bed Is Square - The most Inspirational Book.

This is the best book on Audible. A must listen and a book to replay and replay.
I have done a lot of what McRaven has written about and should be on everyone's list

My bed is square.

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Recommended quick and useful.

Practical, easy to implement ideas and an entertaining book.
The narrator is pleasent to listen to, and the book is short and succinct.

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change you life or the world

never ever give up, face down the bullies, make you bed. change your self or the world.

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Awesome audio

Life changing perspective at its simplest. it's pearls of wisdom are straight to the point and easy to remember and apply.

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Life changing

I absolutely loved this book! Not only were the stories real, but the narrating had me on the edge of my seat and it had me crying, laughing, and cheering along the way. Although I thoroughly enjoyed it I did find it somewhat confronting at the same time. When someone can relay stories of such unimaginable occurances of some incredible men to get across the morals that are very relevant in your life is crazy! I have learnt alot about myself through listening to this and have identified not only some of my strengths, but also how to deal with some of my weaknesses.
A very powerful story indeed, absolutely loved it.

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great book!

this was an amazing book, such great life lessons and so applicable to every day life. this book has changed my outlook on life and encouraged me to try harder at everything I do.

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Excellent listen, the personal stories made it!

I’m not going to be a soldier, let alone SEAL or SAS warrior but the lessons here are timeless and applicable everywhere. As a father, husband, doctor and leader I loved this book.

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fantastic

you've heard the speech well the book is even better. would recommend this to anyone

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-01-2019

fantastic

outstanding book and narration I would buy another in a hot minute.
really enjoyed the narration by the author

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  • 10-01-2019

Great book! short and easy to follow.

The lessons are great, short and easy to understand straight away. Make it clear how small tasks can help to motivated ourselves and move forward every day. Life could be easy or difficult, but how we approach it every time will make the difference! I watched the YouTube video and discussed about it with my children, now young adults during dinner, and really enjoyed to hear their comments, followed by their questions and comments in regards to similarities with life and day to day activities in general. Really enjoyed this book! Thanks!

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  • jjlaw
  • 05-06-2018

does the job

this book does the job it set out to do, much like its author. mission accomplished

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-2018

Short and sweet

The lessons are great, short and sweet. The voice is not that easy to listen to.
The whole book is about the speech that went viral, if you liked the speech you will like the details behind it described in the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-01-2018

Fantastic

This audiobook is very easy to get through and very inspiring. Small decisions lead to big things.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-01-2018

Never ever quit

This book has touched my life and ispired me not to quit my dreams. Thank you!

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  • Wanjuki
  • 11-01-2018

Not fluffy

This is an hour of awesome stuff. Simple and outstanding. Little wonder it is written by a seal- only gold nuggets excellently delivered.

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  • Navishkar Sadheo
  • 18-10-2017

Simple with great advice

Really enjoyed this book. Very easy to understand and the authors voice really carried the lessons home for me. Wish it was longer. Will no doubt listen to this a few more times

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-08-2017

Very interesting and encouraging.

A rare opportunity to absorb the truest and most honest life lessons from a man who had encountered numerous life-and-death situations where he had to make the right decision, because the cost of making the wrong one could be his own life and the life of the men under his command.
The stories presented by the author, provide the reader with a glimpse into the author's life and struggles - a life of a person who never quit and always finishes what he started.
It is rare to encounter such a set of important life lessons in under two hours of listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-08-2017

Love it! Inspirational!

Was having a bed day, so I thought. Well this has made me think differently.

Amazing.

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  • Steve V
  • 07-08-2017

A guide for life

Would you consider the audio edition of Make Your Bed to be better than the print version?

Any book narrated by the author will have an extra "something" compared to the printed version and this book is no different.

What did you like best about this story?

The short chapters make this an easy book to "dip into".

What about Admiral William H. McRaven’s performance did you like?

The Admiral isn't a trained actor or performer but this adds to the authenticity and enhances his genuine respect for those who have guided and influenced his life.

Any additional comments?

I would like to think one day the Admiral will write a more extensive autobiography and share an insider's view of the World we now live in and it's recent history.

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  • Matthew
  • 13-04-2018

Less is most definitely more.

No need for flowery prose when the best lessons are simple.

Accent isn't the easiest at first but coming from the author gave the narrative greater authority.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-2018

Some good stories and points but quite short.

Once you get to the points of do one task like make your bed and never quit there wasn't much else apart from how hard Seal training is. I felt there was more which could of been told.

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  • Jo F
  • 03-08-2017

Mind blowing!

This book and it's author are both inspiring and incredible. I highly recommend it and look forward to listening again!

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  • H7178
  • 06-07-2017

good information that simplify life and thoughts.

it was well contextualised and put things in perspective. could.relate.to the lessons learnt and inherent in the military manner.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-2019

like listening to a relative's stories & memories

a must for young adults and teenagers starting their journey in life, inspirational. talks of respect and perseverance

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  • Joe M.
  • 25-02-2019

A Guide

I’m a final year college student and I am beginning to form the habits that will last me the the rest of my life (good and bad).
I try to listen to this book every second month or so, to focus myself up and ensure that I get the most from my life, outstanding book.

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  • michael clemmet
  • 24-02-2019

Lessons for Life

Listen, absorb and then apply to your daily routine. Skips along and the lessons (stories) that he shares are interesting and fascinating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-2019

Brownes Boot Camp

very good and inspiration and has made me Change a lot of things and open my mind up!

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  • Tevin
  • 03-02-2019

Make your bed review by Tevin Gongo

I have nothing but respect for someone who went through such a painful, nearly inhuman program.

From a stylistic point of view, the book is ok. Regarding its content, it is not life changing (and wasn't mean to be I suppose) and that is actually the appeal for me. All the principles mentioned are so simple to understand!!

So I would recommend the book to anyone who needs a reminder for principles such as commitment, resilience and hope.