University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address - Admiral William H. McRaven

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The Conscious Vibe : Great speech. Although it'd be great if our educational system prepared people even half as well for life as navy seal training prepares people for the military.

A55tech : 1. Make your bed 2. Find people to paddle with you 3. Measure the size of heart, not flippers 4. Get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward 5. Don't be afraid of the circuses 6. Sometimes you have to slide down obstacles head first 7. Don't back down from the sharks 8. You must be your very best in the darkest moments 9. Start singing when you're up to your neck in mud. Hope for everyone 10. Don't ever, ever ring the bell

John Carrera : This guy made me want to start making my bed in the mornings

Thomas Capital : This great man should be our next President.

PatriotMarine : 605 Dislikes? Must be those who don't even make their beds in the morning.

modelleg : Why o why doesn't he run for presidential election?

Tre da 5'9 : It bothered me constantly that the Admiral's hat was about an inch off center...

Chuck Reynolds : Still one of the best commencement speeches ever. Always come back to this one. Oh... and make your bed!

Damien Salazar : And this is the person trump referred to as a political hack and said he should have gotten Bin Laden sooner.

Mark Collard : Such clarity, discipline and commitment. The Admiral speaks ten very fine points about how to live, and to live intentionally.

Lilith x : Most inspiring speech I have EVER heard. This has changed my life for the better and made me realize just how much I still need to learn.

cmclaybird214 : why dont people like this run for president

lennco : Dear Mr. Trump, Please Ring that Bell! Dear Admiral McRaven Please Run for President in 2020!

Med School Insiders : Excellent speech. This was very well delivered

Richard Chung : 700 people rang the bell

Prem Krishna Chettri : Damn, Who is he ? I hvnt completed the entire video and he already expressed the core reality.. Man, this speech is better then Steve speech of stanford and yet he started with "Nobody remember you speech" Sorry sir I do I will certainly do.....

Nicholas Hammerling : You will want to watch this more than once

Matthew Williams : Do the two knuckle heads running for president even compare to the Admiral? President William McRaven..........I like the sound of that.

Shameless Antics : Damn, this speech just made me aspire to be a Seal.

tommy boy : mcraven for president

Paul JT Waters : is that thunder in the distance we hear? This the measure of a REAL leader. I am blown away.

waves1of9terror : English subtitles for deaf people like me, please! Thanks

Spokesman : his outfit is ridiculously spiffy. he's the man.

Marissa LaGioia : I can't get enough of this speech

jcanthony16 : This really motivated me. And I am definitely striving to make my bed every morning now lol. Thank you Admiral William H. McRaven

All Will Be Well : Trump can never ever in his lifetime be on this man's level. This man represents the leaders this country needs. He's a true and authentic hero. Trump is a con artist and huckster. Which do you want in the White House America????

Adam O'Connor : This man embodies the American spirit....He is realistic, honest, and speaks frankly - but most importantly: he is strong. The people whining and complaining that America is too "imperialistic" and our military is too strong and over-funded:  they are the enemy.... They see our country, our technology, our infrastructure - they want it.....Ever heard of "the grass is always greener on the..."??  They have no interest in being American, yet want the fruits of our labor... People like this man protect our country....He protects us from the "bad guys."   Trust me - there are many, many "bad guys" on Earth.....I salute Admiral McRaven and am grateful to have men like him protecting our great nation - the last best hope of mankind....

mustashride : This man is real leader.

Rafik Beekun : As a Texas Longhorn alumnus, thank you for this a very important speech and one of the best commencement addresses I have listened to.

Edward Donohue : I have to go make my bed.....

Owen Bigland : What a fantastic speech. The life lessons are a real inspiration.

irshc C. : Start off by making your bed. Find someone to help you paddle. Measure a person by the size of their heart, not by the size of their flippers. Get over being a sugar-cookie and keep moving forward. Don’t be afraid of the circuses. Sometimes you’ll have to slide down the obstacles head-first. Don’t back down from the sharks. You must be your very best in your darkest moments. Start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud. Don’t ever, ever ring the bell.

Rudy Baldovino : Only I can say is brilliant, admiral William H. Mc Raven for President 2020, good luck sir!

ChillPhilJazz : Donald Trump's latest petty and foolish actions brought me here. It is encouraging and invigorating to hear a man of integrity speak.

Brian Kohler : WOW!!! This is an awesome speech. I'm going to make sure my kids watch this video. The only speech that I can see being better is the last lecture by Randy Pausch.

Humayoun Akhtar : I had never heard of this Admiral until today but my only question is: why isn’t he president?

Francisco LEE : Please make the script on the screen. It will be really helpful to the foreigners who will be impressed by McRaven's speech and will change the world.

Jon Kelley : This speech helped me a lot through Army Basic Training and I still keep these 10 steps in my head through AIT, training to be a combat medic.

Gavin Sloma : this was very motivational  almost brought me to tears 

Jennifer Reider : Totally worth the 20 min. I loved this and agreed with every word.

Cyrus Van Beethoven : Hard to stop the waterworks from leaking during this one. That Seal is amazing.

Inspodreams : Admiral William H. McRaven 2020

GIPB Mac : What an amazing speech! We need A LOT more men/women like this in DC...

John Galt : Great speech.  I learned the same lessons from my years in the military.  He speaks the truth and many in this country should listen to this leader.

gello2517 : This guy should run for president!!

Justin Jay : And our president thinks this guy is a bum

J P : McRaven for President

Бам Бам : Mr. McRaven, unlike your commencement speaker when you were graduating, you will be remembered for your brilliant speech, by many many thousands, if not millions of people throughout the world as the guy who made everyone make their beds in the morning. And you shall not be forgotten. The beds around the world will remember your deeds for generations to come.

Samir Khan : Who the hell disliked this

Prescott Paulin : I've had the honor of meeting Admiral McRaven.  He's a brilliant man, dedicated to serving our country.  His remarks in this speech remain profound, about how one person can change the world: (1) If you want to change the world, make your bed. (2) On a team, exert equal effort.  Everyone must paddle, or the boat in rough waters will fail on course.  You can't change the world alone.  You will need some help.  If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle. (3) In SEAL training, the bigger guys would make fun of the little guys, but the little guys always ran faster and swam faster and paddled faster than the big guys.  Nothing mattered, not social status or ethnicity or religion or education.  If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers. (4) Everyone failed uniform inspection.  Staying in a failed wet uniform with "sugar cookied" sand on them got under the skin of many students.  No matter how well you prepare or perform, you still end up as a sugar cookie.  Get over it, and keep moving forward. (5) If you failed to meet the standard, your name went on a list.  Those people were invited to a circus ... 2 hours of additional calisthenics, designed to wear you down.  At some point, EVERYONE made the circus list. But over time the students that frequently made the list got stronger and stronger.  You will fail often in life; it will be painful and discouraging... but if you want to change the world, don't be afraid of the circuses. (6) At least twice a week you had to run the obstacle course.  The most challenging was the slide for life.  You had to climb the 3 tiered tower, and pull 200ft to the 1 story tower on the other side.  One student broke the record by going head first, and cut the time in half.  If you want to change the world, sometimes you have to go head first. (7) If you confront a shark, stand your ground.  Do not run away, swim away...  Punch him in the snout and he will turn away.  There are many sharks in the world.  If you want to change the world, don't back down from the sharks. (8) One of the challenges is swimming 2 miles underwater using a depth gauge and a compass to a target.  Once you get to a ship, it blocks the ambient light at night.  To be successful, you must swim under the ship, where the keel and the darkest part of the ship is.  It's disorienting.  You can fail.  Every SEAL knows at that darkest point you must be most calm and composed using inner strength.  If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moments. (9) Ninth week of training is known as hell week.  6 days of no sleep ... constant mental and physical harassment and one day at the mud flats in Tijuana surviving freezing cold and howling wind.  As the sun began to set, his training class was ordered into the mud.  The mud consumed each man until their heads were the only thing above the mud.  Some students were about to give up... 8 hours more of the bone chilling cold.  One voice began to echo through the night.  The song was terribly out of tune but was enthusiastic... then two voices... then all the voices began to sang.  Suddenly the mud was a little warmer and tamer.  The power of hope... one person... can change everything.  Washington, Lincoln, Malala... If you want to change the world, start singing when you're up to your neck in mud. (10) All you have to do to quit in SEAL training is ring the brass bell.  Ring the bell and you no longer have to be in the freezing cold swims.  You no longer have to endure the hardships of training.  If you want to change the world, don't ever ever ring the bell. "Start each day with a task completed.  Respect everyone.  Know that life is not fair and you will fail often.  Take some risks.  Step up when times are the toughest.  Face down the bullies.  Lift up the downtrodden.  Never, ever give up.  The next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than we have today.  What started here will have changed the world for the better."