Admiral William H. McRaven

Want to change the world? You can start by making your bed. That was a lesson my own father taught me years ago and it’s a small piece of the advice Admiral William H. McRaven, the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, gave the class of 2014 at the University of Texas at Austin.

If you want to be successful in life, all you have to do is listen to Admiral McRaven’s advice and follow it to the best of your ability. It’s really that simple. Many of the lessons he imparts in his speech to young Texans about to enter the workforce were taught to me in slightly different ways during my own military service (and by my father, a former Army Ranger) years ago. It’s really that simple.

Growing up, my siblings were smart — they listened to my father. They learned from the example that he set and used it to propel themselves to their own professional heights. It took me a trip to basic training and some time in less developed parts of the world to realize that he was right all along, but I think it’s safe to say that I’ve done a good job making up for lost time.

If you want to go to new places and achieve goals you never thought possible, listen to the advice of old Navy SEAL because he knows what he’s talking about.

Related: The New York Post has been kind enough to provide its readers with the full text.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

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