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Why This Book Matters:

Written by the retired US Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, Make your Bed is a personal memoir of ten life lessons that the distinguished US Navy veteran learned throughout his service life.

The Big Takeaways:

  1. Don’t judge a book by its cover, including humans.
    1. If Don’t judge anyone by their looks, and don’t expect life to be fair; be up for challenges and keep marching forward.
  2. Being strong for yourself and others is the trait of a remarkable person.
    1. It only takes one influential person to uplift the morale of an entire group. That’s the person William wishes for everyone to be.
  3. Learning from failures and taking up new challenges is the only way forward.
    1. Failure is an essential part of resolved determination and courage, not an excuse for blame and depression.
  4. Be the best always. Be better when things get hard.
    1. The author recounts an incident during his Navy SEAL training where he and his teammates survived a life-threatening training routine.
  5. Making your bed correctly the first thing in the morning kickstarts a productive and useful day.
    1. It may seem very insignificant, but making your bed teaches you to have a successful life.

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