The following are excerpts from the remarks by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, at the May 17th, 2014 Commencement at The University of Texas:
If you want to change the world,
- Start off by making your bed.
- Find someone to help you paddle.
- Measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.
- Get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.
- Don’t be afraid of the circuses.
- Sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.
- Don’t back down from the sharks.
- You must be your very best in the darkest moment.
- Start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.
- Don’t ever, ever ring the bell.
Start each day with a task completed.
Find someone to help you through life.
Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if take you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up—if you do these things, then next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today and—what started here will indeed have changed the world—for the better.