Sick of hearing about New Year’s resolutions you know you won’t keep because they’re too darn hard? Here’s an easy one for you: make your bed.
If you want to know why I make that recommendation, read my notes from Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven. The book is an expansion of the commencement speech Adm. McRaven gave at the University of Texas in 2014. (You might have seen it on YouTube; it has over 7 million views.)
Below are insightful excerpts from Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life … and Maybe the World that I hope will steer you and your team towards a more productive and rewarding future.
The 10 lessons I learned from Navy SEAL training
- Start your day with a task completed. Making my bed correctly was not going to be an opportunity for praise. It was expected of me. It was my first task of the day and doing it right was important. It demonstrated my discipline. It showed my attention to detail.
- You can’t go it alone. It takes a team of good people to get you to your destination in life. You cannot paddle the boat alone.
- Only the size of your heart matters. SEAL training was always about proving something. Proving that size doesn’t matter. Proving that the color of your skin wasn’t important. Proving that money didn’t make you better. Proving that determination and grit were always more important than talent.
- Life’s not fair — drive on! Life isn’t fair and the sooner you learn that the better off you will be.
- Failure can make you stronger. In life you’ll face a lot of failures. But, if you persevere, if you let those failures teach you and strengthen you, then you will be prepared to handle life’s toughest moments.
- You must dare greatly. The British Special Air Service’s motto was “Who Dares Wins.” To me the motto was more than about how the special forces operated as a unit; it was about how each of us should approach our lives.
- Stand up to the bullies. Courage is a remarkable quality. Without it, others will define your path forward. Without it, you are at the mercy of life’s temptations.
- Rise to the occasion. “No matter how dark it gets, you must complete the mission. This is what separates you from everyone else.” Somehow those words stayed with me for the next 30 years.
- Give people hope. If that one person could sing while neck deep in mud, then so could we. If that one person could endure the freezing cold, then so could we. If that one person could hold on, then so could we.
- Never, ever quit! If you quit, you will regret it for the rest of your life. Quitting never makes anything easier.
If you do these things, then you can change your life for the better … and maybe the world!
Jim Roddy is a Reseller & ISV Business Advisor for Worldpay’s PaymentsEdge Advisory Services. He has been active in the POS channel since 1998, including 11 years as the President of Business Solutions Magazine, six years as a Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) board member, and one term as RSPA Chairman of the Board. Jim is regularly requested to speak at industry conferences and he is author of Hire Like You Just Beat Cancerand On The Edge with Jim Roddy.