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Change the World!

A commencement address by Admiral McRaven of the United States Navy and a former Navy Seal


Admiral McRaven spoke at a Texas university commencement exercise, and admonished the graduates to make a difference in the world.  Here are the 10 guidelines he gave to the graduates:

  • Start every day with a task to be accomplished  (make your bed!)
  • Find someone to help you through your life  (trusted friends and associates)
  • Respect everyone  (measure people by the size of their hearts, not by their appearance or mannerisms)
  • Realize that life isn’t always fair  (move forward anyway)
  • Don’t be afraid to fail, and to fail often  (failure can equal valuable experience if viewed properly)
  • Take risks, get out of your comfort zone when appropriate
  • Face down bullies, take a stand for what is right
  • Step up when times are the toughest
  • Lift up the down-trodden, be a positive influence in other’s lives
  • Never give up!

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