Admiral William H. McRaven is a Retired U.S. Navy SEAL who served for thirty-seven years and commanded at every level.
As a Four-Star Admiral, his final assignment was as Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces. (During this time, he oversaw the covert mission that killed Osama bin Laden.)
After retiring from the Navy, he served as the Chancellor of the University of Texas System from 2015 to 2018.
In 2014, he gave the commencement address to the graduates of the University of Texas at Austin. Millions of people wound up watching his speech on ten lessons he learned from his Navy SEAL training. (You can watch it on YouTube .)
This book takes a deeper look at those ten lessons. It’s a super-quick read—packed with simple, yet profound wisdom along with moving stories of moral exemplars. As per the sub-title: “Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe the World.” Joining 5,000+ 5-star reviewers on Amazon, I HIGHLY recommend it. (Get a copy .)
I have a deep level of respect for and admiration of Navy SEALs. As I was reading this book I thought of some of the other Notes we’ve created on books written by SEALs, including: Mark Divine’s , plus —where he uses McRaven as an exemplar for one of his stories); Jocko Willink and Leif Babin’s (plus Jocko’s ); David Goggins’ ; and Alden Mills’ and
The book is packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump in!