|William C. McRaven is just the right person to run the prestigious state
university, having been a Navy Seal officer and supervising the hit
squad that killed Osama bin-Laden:
Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time
were all Viet Nam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the
first thing they would inspect was your bed.
If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled
tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra
blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack—rack—that’s Navy talk for bed.
It was a simple task—mundane at best. But every morning we were required
to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the
time, particularly in light of the fact that were aspiring to be real
warriors, tough battle hardened SEALs—but the wisdom of this simple act
has been proven to me many times over.
If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first
task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will
encourage you to do another task and another and another.
By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into
many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that
little things in life matter.
If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big