If You Only Do One Thing Today, It’s This

by Allen Gil January 25, 2015

If You Only Do One Thing Today, It’s This

Generally speaking, graduation commencement speeches can be super long, super boring, and completely forgettable. Except for this one. This one puts all other commencement speeches to shame. This one is inspiring on a badass level. This commencement speech was done by Admiral McRaven, a 36-year old Navy SEAL as he is addressing the 2014 graduating class at his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin.

While the entire speech is not only funny but also beyond inspiring and helpful, this one part (specifically from 4:48 to 6:15) really stands out and should be adopted into your daily routine starting today. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Today.

Before we get into the meat of this, we want to mention that Admiral McRaven’s advice is not groundbreaking. It’s simple advice that your mom probably told you a thousand times. For some reason, his way of spitting out these words made it way more profound.

His advice: Make your bed every morning.

Like we said, that’s not earth-shattering news, but here’s why, According to McRaven, you should make your bed every morning.

Check out his logic:

First, you will have accomplished your first task of the day. Big deal right? Wrong. Dead wrong. By accomplishing this one small task at the beginning of the day, you’re starting out with a sense of pride that you’ve already accomplished something. It also motivates and encourages you to take on another task, and another task and so on and so on.

It goes beyond a simple task:

According to the 36-year SEAL, this tiny task also reinforces the fact that the little things in life matter. Because if you can’t even do the little things right, then you certainly won’t be able to do the big things right either.

Furthermore, even if you’ve had a sh**ty day, you still get to come home to a nicely made bed. Somehow, this gives you a sense of encouragement that tomorrow is going to be a better day.

Admiral McRaven ends this part of his speech with, “If you want to change the world, start by making your bed.”

Allen Gil
Allen Gil


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