Turns Out, You CAN Change The World

Have you seen this video?

I shared a snippet of it the other day on my personal Facebook page, but I wanted to give you the full experience as a part of this week’s “Think Right Thursday.”

My mind was officially blown after I watched it, and I don’t say that lightly.

This video records the 2014 commencement speech given at UT Austin by Navy SEAL Commander Admiral William McRaven. While commencement speeches are often some of the best inspirational prose in the English language, this one is exceptional.

Incidentally, if you served our nation in the armed forces, you have my respect and gratitude. Thank you for your sacrifice to keep us safe in a dangerous world.

You Can Make A Difference

You and I can change the world.

Sounds silly, doesn’t it? That’s how jaded and cynical we’ve become.

I know it seems impossible, overwhelming, and even pointless to even think about trying change the world, but it’s actually easier than you might think, and Admiral McRaven shows us just how easy with ten small bits of wisdom gleaned from his training, including:

  • Make your bed.
  • Find someone to help you paddle.
  • Get over being a sugar cookie.
  • Keep moving forward.

If these notions seem trite or nonsensical, wait until you hear the others. And yet, as shares from his heart with the friendly, self-effacing demeanor of a kindly grandfather, you walk away uplifted, encouraged, and ready to go make a difference.

The key to making a real, significant difference in a world that seems hell-bent on self-destruction is to focus on doing little things well. Specific things.

This short, 20-minute presentation is worth a dozen “Think Right Thursdays,” so I am going to step aside and give Admiral McRaven our full and undivided attention for the rest of this blog. Please watch it all the way to the end. When it’s done, go back to Facebook and share your favorite takeaway from his speech. You will probably hear something no one else hears, so sharing your insights will make everyone’s experience richer.

“At the end of your feelings is NOTHING. At the end of your principles is a PROMISE.”  — Eric Thomas

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