Best Commencement Speech Ever? Adm. McCraven Gets My Vote
The commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Adm. William H. McCraven, gave the commencement speech at the University of Texas last Saturday May 17. It was one of the best commencement speeches you will ever hear.
He lists 10 things to do if you want to change the world. He relates how he learned these things through SEAL training. The first is simply: “make your bed every morning. You will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. By the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
Here is the speech.
He ends by summarizing these 10 things: “…you are the class that can affect the lives of 800 million people in the next century. Start each day with a task completed, find someone to help you through life, respect everyone, know that life is not fair, and you will fail often, but if you take some risks, step up when the times are the toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the down trodden, and never give up; If you do these things, the 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.”