The 10 Life Lessons
In May 2014 at the University of Texas at Austin, Admiral William McRaven delivered a commencement speech in which he shared the 10 Life Lessons he learned in Navy SEAL basic training. It sounds simple, but Admiral McRaven’s speech changed our lives. Watch it yourself and you’ll see why.
Click on each lesson below to view the video excerpt and tools to help teach the lesson to your child, as well as our thoughts on each lesson.
"The Heart of the Message"
It matters not your gender, your ethnic or religious background, your orientation, or your social status. Our struggles in this world are similar and the lessons to overcome those struggles and to move forward – changing ourselves and the world around us – will apply equally to all.
Changing the world can happen anywhere and anyone can do it.
Start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone.
Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often. But if take you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up – if you do these things, then 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.