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Navy SEAL Commander Tells Students To Make Their Beds Every Morning In Incredible Commencement Speech
U.S. Navy admiral and University of Texas, Austin, alumnus William H. McRaven returned to his alma mater last week to give seniors 10 lessons from basic SEAL training when he spoke at the school's commencement.


McRaven, the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command who organized the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, stressed the importance of making your bed every morning, taking on obstacles headfirst, and realizing that it's OK to be a "sugar cookie."

Here are McRaven's 10 lessons from his years of experience as a Navy SEAL, via University of Texas, Austin:

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Perspectives — January 2006


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A Monthly Newsletter of Hill House, Austin
January 2006

  • A Word from the Hill House's Director
  • Heartbreak & Grace: The Life and Songs of Johnny Cash
  • Mere Creation: Science, Faith and Intelligent Design

    A Word from the Director

    Dear Friends,

    This month's edition of Perspectives has something for both sides of your brain.
    For the scientifically-minded Dr. Ray Bohlin weighs in on the controversy surrounding teaching intelligent design in public schools. Given the recent federal court ruling that teaching ID amounts to teaching religion, many feel the future of ID is in doubt… or is it?

    Some fans of the arts may scorn the music of Johnny Cash, but I don't. Growing up in Alabama, my first exposure to popular music came through country/western radio, and when I was a boy, Cash was king. Denis Haack's review of the Man in Black's autobiography and music renews fond memories and strengthens my faith.

    As always we welcome your comments and questions. Email us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

    Grace and Peace,
    Greg Grooms