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Make Your Bed

Small things that can change your life...and maybe the world
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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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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

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

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Inspiring story of how to live a meaningful life

Unbelievable story of courage and experience. Each chapter left you pausing to check in on your own life and how you can be a better human. Thankyou Admiral William H. McRaven

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Not a fan...

I wanted to love it, but I couldn't... I found it short and repetitive... which made it even shorter. It was basically a recap of his commencement speech which can be watched on YouTube. I would not recommend unfortunately.

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It's a must read. Life changing & Inspirational

For anyone who just needs to know you're worth it. That one person CAN make a difference and you should never give up.

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Make your bed!

Short book that will inspire you to look at life a little different. If only everyone would do a little of this to change the world.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-05-2020

overall great content

inspirational stuff. wish it went longer especially the stories about seal training and combat, but guess that's what his other books are for..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-2019

Great life lessons

Make your bed is filled with 10 life lessons that are memorable and universal for any situation we find ourselves.

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  • Ingmar Lindström
  • 13-02-2020

Excellent, Concise.

Great book/listen. Some peculiar repetitions, but the whole experience was great and is recommended for anyone to take part of.

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  • Michael
  • 21-08-2019

Skip it

This book is so trivial. If you like sentences like "Don't give up" this may be your book, if not skip it.

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  • Melissa
  • 28-07-2019

Inspirational and Life Changing. ☺️

Inspirational and Life Changing advice. Thank you so much for sharing your stories!!! NEVER ring the bell ❤️

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  • HQ
  • 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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  • TheDon
  • 21-04-2019

compelling advice, but...

Some great examples here, from someone who's clearly been through a lot, and his approach to life has helped him do this. However if you have no interest in the military, or the elite squads, or how awesome commander X was, the constant military terms are quite tiresome.

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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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  • Tracey
  • 15-01-2019

to the point, no waffle.

Excellent. The last chapter is the perfect summary and something I'll keep referring back to.

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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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  • Mr.Gerard Gallagher
  • 08-12-2019

For U S Army

This book should have a warning that you need to be a member of the. U S Army to understand

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Steven Whyte
  • 20-10-2020

Superb

Admiral McRaven is the man! True inspiration and I will listen to this again and again.