This is the commencement speech given at the University of Texas at Austin, by Admiral McRaven, a video that is rapidly going viral on the internet. He provides 10 life lessons based on his experience as a Navy SEAL. I am summarizing them here, in my own words.
- Start small. Take small steps toward your goal. Small accomplishments build up your pride and courage into enabling you to achieve greater things over time.
- Great things are never achieved alone. Ask for, and accept, help from others, friends and strangers alike.
- At the end of the day, all that matters is your "will to succeed". Background and prior training/advantage pale in comparison to willpower.
- Accept that, despite the quantity and quality of preparation and performance, failure is sometimes unavoidable. This is a fact of life.
- Use failure as your motivation to improve. Do not be afraid of ridicule either, build up your resilience from the inside. A stronger tree is able to counter stronger winds.
- Challenge norms and be brave enough to take risks.
- Do not escape from challenges or problems. Face them headfirst. Be brave, counter your fears. Do not let a challenge or resistance stop you.
- Keep your calm even in the darkest moments, when you cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.
- Hope can work wonders. Never give up hope. Hope can unite the world. With hope, we can change the world.
- If you want to achieve greatness, do not give up. Persist.
If you would like to read the transcript, it is available here.
I hope this encourages you to push forward in your life! We can all achieve big things. It is simply a matter of how much we want to. =)
Have a good weekend, everyone!