Naval Admiral William H. McRaven returned to his alma mater and spoke to the graduates with lessons he learned from his basic SEAL training.
Here’s his amazing Commencement Address at the University of Texas at Austin 2014.
#1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
During the stamped training, the students are divided into the crew of the boat. Each crew is one of the seven students – on one side of a small rubber boat and Coxswain to help guide the driver. Each day your boat crew is built on the beach and you are asked to pass through the surfing area and take several miles off the coast. In the winter, San Diego Surf may reach 8 to 10 feet high and not everyone digs hard. Unless all paddles are limited to the number of Coxswain hits. Everyone will have to make an equal effort or be a boat against the wave and be returned to the beach without a license. To get to the boat to his destination, everyone must pedal. You can not change the world on your own – you will need some help – in fact, a man takes a strong skill to guide friends, colleagues, and strangers and guide them to reach their destination from the starting point.
#2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
After a few weeks of hard training, the SEAL class, which started with 150 men, was just under 35. Now there were six of the seven crew members. I was in the boat with long people, but we had the best crew of a boat made up of small people – one we called the crew of the ship, none of them more than five feet. The crew of the Mankin Boat was an Indian American, an African American, a Polish American, a Greek American, and an Italian American. Two middle-class children hardness. They fluttered, ran out, and all the other boat crews. Big boat crews are always fascinated by other boat crews from small fins. All on their small feet before swimming. But in any way these little people, the nation and every corner of the world have always laughed in the past – they roll faster than everyone else and reaches the beach long before the rest. Every training was a great goal, nothing important, but your will is successful. No color, no ethnic background, no education, no social status.
#3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.
Many times a week, the trainers come to class and perform a similar examination. They were exceptionally full. Your hat was fully strapped, your outfit was pressed and your belt was bulging, shiny and full of any kind of smell. But it seems like it does not make any effort to stare at your hat or suppress or polish your outfit. Your belt buckle – was not only good enough. Trainers find something “wrong”. When failing to search the uniform, the student had to run, wearing the entire surf zone, then swallowing from the head to the soles of the feet, then rolling over the beach until each part of your body became sand. They are not covered. The effect was known as the “Chinese cookie”. You live in the rest of the day – cool, wet and humid. There were many students who could not accept the fact that their entire effort was in vain. It does not matter how much they tried to get non-genuine writing – it was not illegible. Well, students did not succeed through training. This is why students have not understood the purpose of the exercises. You will never succeed. You did not get uniform uniforms. No matter how well prepared or how well you’re performing, you’re still working as a Chinese cookie. Only the way of life sometimes occurs.
#4. If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.
Every day during training, you face a challenge in many physical events – long term, long swimming, training sessions at barriers, exercise hours – some of which are designed for your test. You had to meet the standard times for each event. If you fail to meet these criteria when your name is published in a list and at the end of the day those people were invited to the list, the circus was invited, then the circus for two hours had additional exercises – designed for your dress. To break your spirit, to force you to leave. No one wants a circus. Circus means you have not measured for today. The circus means more fatigue – more fatigue means that the next day will be more difficult – it is likely to be the circus. But at any time during training, everyone – everyone – made a circus list. But something interesting happened with those people who were on the fixed list. Over time, students who used to exercise for two hours became stronger and stronger. The circus is filled with inner immunity built by the circus. Will fail. Often will fail will be painful. Would be discouraging. Often your asset is tested.
#5. But if you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.
At least twice a week, trainees were required to run the obstacle course. The obstacle path had 25 obstacles, including a 10-foot high wall, a 30-foot-long freight network, and a pull of barbed wire to give some names. But the most challenging obstacle was the slide to life. At one end, it was a three-storey tower with a height of 30 feet and a tower at the second level. There was a 200-foot rope in the middle. You had to climb up to the three-story tower and once up, grab the rope, swing under the rope and pull yourself by the hand until you reached the other end. The records, when my training began in 1977, had been a barrier course for years. This record seemed invincible, so the day before, a student decided to slip slides for life – the first president. After swinging his body under the rope and out in the basement, he bravely jumped the rope and pushed himself forward. It was a dangerous step – it was ridiculous and risky. Failure can mean injury and can be removed from training. Despite hesitation, the student dropped down the rope – instead of several minutes speed, it took only half the time and broke the record until the end of the course.
#6. If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.
During the ground war of training, students are sent to San Clemente Island, located on the shores of San Diego. The waters of San Clemente are fertile grounds for large white sharks. To pass SEAL training is a series of long swimming, which must be completed. Swimming for one night. Before swimming, the trainees briefed the trainees on all kinds of sharks that extract water from San Clemente. However, they assure you that no student is eaten by the shark – at least recently. However, you are also taught that if a shark begins to include your position, raise your place. Do not swim. Do not panic. If the shark is hungry for a snack in the middle of the night, then darts on your side – then unleash it with full force and slap it in the snout and it will turn and swim. There are lots of sharks in the world. If you expect to complete swimming, you should deal with it.
#7. So, if you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.
While the Navy concludes that one of our work is to carry out underwater attacks against enemy shipping. We practiced this method extensively during basic training. A mission to attack the vessel where the seal is dropped off of the enemy couple divers port and then in about two miles as well as floating water – in addition to using a deep scale and nothing compass. Target. During the whole float, even under the surface, there is some light that comes through. It is convenient to know that you have open water. But once you approach the ship, which is connected to the pier, the light starts to look dull. The steel structure of the ship obscures the moonlight – it obscures the surrounding street lamp – obscuring all the surrounding light. To succeed in your mission, you will have to swim under the ship and you will find a wedge – midline and deep part of the ship. This is your purpose but Kyle is also the darkest part of the ship – where you can not see in front of your face to your hand, where deafening noise from the machines of the ship and it is easy to be where the confusion and failed. Casual, in the deepest moments of the task – the time that must be quiet, and must bear the creation when all your tactical skills, physical strength and all your inner strength.
#8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.
The ninth week of training is known as the “Week of Hell”. This six-day sleep, physical and mental abuse and constant mud is a special day on the flats – the mud flats and the area between San Diego and Tijuana, where the water stops and makes Tijuana a slu – swamp where the mud will hit you. This constant pressure on Wednesday hell week in which you try to avoid freezing cold clay mud shudders, and over the next 15 hours, from the strong wind and trained. When the sun began to fall on Wednesday evening, my training sergeant ordered “breaking rules”. Everyone in the mud has eaten. Nothing was visible except our head. The coaches told us we could leave mud if only five men would be left out of every five men and the repressive cold. Given the flat mud, it was clear that some students would give up. It has been more than eight hours since the sun has not come – eight hours of extreme cold. The teeth of the trainees went and the sound of groaning crisp was so strong that nothing was hard to hear and then, expressed in the song was a voice frequented at night. This song was sung in a very melodious voice but sung with great enthusiasm. One voice became two and two and before that everyone in the row was singing. We knew that if a person could rise above suffering, others could do it too. Instructors threatened us more time in the mud if I continued to sing – but the singing continued. In a way, the mud seemed a little hot, the wind was a bit tame and the morning was not too far away. If I learn anything during the journey of the world in my time, then the power of hope. Person Authority Washington, Lincoln, King, Mandela, and even the girl in Pakistan – Mlala – A person can change the world by giving hope to people.
#9. So, if you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.
Finally, SEAL training has a bell. A brass bell hung in the middle of the campus to watch all the students. You need to do to leave – the bell rings. Play the bell and now you do not have to wake up at 5am. Play the bell and you do not have to do the cold cold wind now. Play the bell and do not let you run longer, obstacle course, PT – now you will not have to endure training difficulties. Just knock the bell
#10. If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.
Until graduation level 2014, you are moments away from graduation. The moment to get away from your journey through life. Moments of starting to change the world – for the better. It will not be easy. But, you 2014 – a class that can affect the lives of 800 million people in the next century. Start each day with a task to complete. To help someone through your life. Provide information on everything. Know that life is not fair and that you will fail a lot, but if you face some risks, when the steps are harder, then intimidate, raise the vulnerable. Never give up – if you do these things, the next generation and future generations will be better in one world, what we have today and what started here will change the world – better for.
Thank you very much. Hook ‘em horns.
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Cover photo by Lance Iversen, San Francisco Chronicle
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