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

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Remarks by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, BJ '77, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations Command, Texas Exes Life Member, and Distinguished Alumnus. University-Wide Commencement The University of Texas at Austin, May 17, 2014.


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

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

West texas Wills : This legitimetly changed my life forever and for the better.

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

mustashride : This man is real leader.

FLYINGHOG : Admiral William H. McRaven - President 2020

F. Scott Fitzhemingway : How anyone could give a "thumbs down" on Adm. McRaven's speech is beyond my understanding.

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

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

cmclaybird214 : why dont people like this run for president

Aditya Lakhani : It's an infinite loop.. once you watch this speech you want to watch it again. I first saw this speech in 2015. Still want to watch it again and again. And yeah this man is the reason I make my bed every morning..!!

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

Min Sukree : I have watched this speech several times now - each time it become more and more engaging!

tommy boy : mcraven for president

HeiderTV : Admiral William H. McRaven , Thank You for Your Service

wrjj84 : This is the best speech I've ever heard

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

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

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

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.

catalinacurio : Sir, you have my utmost respect. 💙🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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

Raul Troxler : I graduated from UT in 1987 and, guilty as charged, do not recall who was the speaker or what he or she said. So, when I feel the need to recall that day, I watch this video of Admiral William H. McRaven. And, even, if you did not graduate from UT--in effect, it does not matter if you graduated from university or high school or whatever. Watch this video. Listen to his words. Follow his instructions. Your life will change.

joon lee : unbelievable speech

KENTON WINKELMANN : I'm not really into speeches but this was just amazing the best one I have ever heard

Dan Pearce : Great speech real American

Dominic Galbraith : this is the most inspiring speech I've ever heard, and I think he should run for president and I would vote for him.

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

Caroline : My health teacher showed us this in class and it was very inspirational

John Staudt : Don't ever ring that bell.

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.

Chris Lee : Best speech of all time!

Gina Vasile : Most articulate speech ever, right up there with Gen. Douglas McArthur at Annapolis. Wonderful, hope many more students will see this. Gina Vasile Secrest

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

Paradise Of Unity : My Spanish teacher showed me this video in high school. I failed her class, but showing me this made me a better person I even brought up my grades from c's to all A's. She can mark 1 life off her list of ten

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

정백철 : Great speech. I'm so impressed whenever I see this speech.👍❤🔥

gello2517 : This guy should run for president!!

Kar Cam : Adm. William H McRaven 2020, the last 1 min 30 sec recap of this epic speech is more inspirational & powerful than anything our current leaders in washington D.C could muster in a life time of public speaking.

matrix world : Amazing speech I hope i could make a change in the world 😍

alpha sow : What a leader! Very inspiring & powerful speech.

Burt Brooks : Wish guys like this would run for president,this is who our children should be looking up to, listening to. Kids need to know you get nothing in this world that’s worth ANYTHING without hard work, taking pride in your work & more importantly take pride inYOURSELF!!!! Always be the hardest worker in the room and take pride in your work that you do, the people that have the experience and expertise will go out of their way to show you what they know you just gotta listen. This is my FAVORITE speech, I’ve always made my bed since I can remember and was never told I had to threatened or anything like that it just as he said it made me feel better at the end of a bad day to get into a nicely made bed. Still to this day it makes my day to come home to after a hard day, when I don’t make it...... well let’s just say my day gets as messy as I left my bed🤣🤣

Camillo Iscariota : I've bought his book after listening to this speech

Samir Khan : Who the hell disliked this

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.

QQ Z : Life often sucks but we've got to keep up the hope. I was deeply moved by that part. I love the songs in the chilly mud.

Bo Abney : Admiral please run for president!!

Moshe Azarian : I look up to this commando Commanders word Admiral 4-star Star General Navy SEAL Naval Special Forces and his words are extremely moving for anybody that needs inspiration to keep moving forward everyday which I am not perfect and which I have my fights and battles everyday with myself but I keep pushing forward because tomorrow is not promised! This year again coming up 2019 I'm going to run the LA Marathon 26.2 miles but this time I'm going to train for it unlike the other two times at 16 and 34 years old that I ran at with no training at all to prove myself and other people wrong that everything is Mind Over Matter but I want to break the cycle of negative thinking and pass on the Legacy to my son and my daughter that life will be unbelievably hard but you have to keep on getting down from The Knockouts of life.... just like a boxer that gets knocked down it's not how many times you get knocked out it's how you take those knockouts and keep on getting up...NO MATTER WHAT you went through life without a dad, without a mother most of my life and without no aunt, without no family really around including no uncle but you know what I had great siblings, and which I would never trade for the world!!

Brian Montgomery : I wish that could live up to half of what this man has said.