A Commencement . . . On How To Change The World

small__4608963722Leaders, by definition, aim for intentional influence.

Leaders bring change.

Do you want to change the world?

You should in some meaningful way.

There is tremendous article in the WSJ entitled “Life Lessons From Navy SEAL Training.” It is an excerpt from a commencement address given at the University of Texas by Admiral William H. McRaven. In this era of over sensitivity to college graduation speakers and the convoluted reasoning that has accompanied such decisions, it is refreshing to know these grads heard something of great substance. To lure you into the full text of this address I have provided you with the 10 lessons that Admiral McRaven shared.

1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.

3. If you want to change the world, measure people by the size of their heart, and not the size of their flippers.

4. If you want to change the world, get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.

5. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses. 

6. If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.

7. If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.

8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.

9. If you want to change the world, start singing when you are up to your neck in mud.

10. If you want to change the world, don’t ever, ever ring the bell.

You will have to read the full text of the address to understand the “whys.” It is worth the read!

If you are unable to open the WSJ version, here is another link to a Blaze version of the address. There is also a YouTube version if you would like to watch the address.

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2 replies
  1. Jeff
    Jeff says:

    I thought his speech was excellent (I put it on my site, too) and well worth taking the time for anyone to see it/read it. Thanks for sharing, Gary.

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