Rapid Intake Summaries: Make Your Bed QUOTES
Below is where you'll find up to five quotes gathered from each chapter as they are ones that best summarizes the chapter, the ones that are the most notable, or the ones that had the most impact on me while I was reading the book.
Ch01: Start Your Day with a Completed Task.
"If you want to change the world... start off by making your bed."
"Making my bed correctly was not going to be an opportunity for praise. It was expected of me. It was my first task of the day and doing it right was important. It demonstrated discompline. It showed my attention to detail, and at the end of the day it would a reminder that I had dome something well, something to be proud of, no matter small the task."
"In battle soldiers die, families grieve, your days are long and filled with anxious moments. You search for something that can give you solace, that can motivate you to begin your day, that can be a sense of pride in an oftentimes ugly world. It is daily life that needs this same sense of structure. Nothing can replace the strength and comfort on one's faith, but sometimes the simple act of making your bed can give the lift you need to start your day and provide you the satisfaction to end it right."
Ch02: You Can't Go It Alone.
"If you want to change the world... find someone to help you paddle."
"I learned early on in SEAL training the value of teamwork, the need to rely on someone else to help you through the difficult task."
"No SEAL could make it through combat alone and by extension you need people in your life to help you through the difficult times."
"You cannot paddle the boat alone. Find someone to share your life with. Make as many friends as possible, and never forget that you success depends on others."
Ch03: Only the Size of Your Heart Matters.
"If you want to change the world... measure a person by the size of their heart."
"SEAL training was always about proving something. Proving that size didn't matter. Proving that the color of your skin wasn't important. Proving that money didn't make you better. Proving that determination and grit were always more important than talent. I was fortunate to learn that lesson a year before training began."
"In 1969, Tommy Norris was almost booted out of SEAL training. They said he was too small, too thin, and not strong enough. But much like the young sailor in my class, Norris proved them all wrong and once again showed that it's not the size of your flippers that count, just the size of your heart."
Ch04: Life's Not Fair - Drive On!
"If you want to change the world... get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward."
"Because, Mr. Mac, life isn't fair and the sooner you learn that the better off you will be."
"Sometimes no matter how hard you try, no matter how good you are, you still end up as a sugar cookie. Don't complain. Don't blame it on your misfortune. Stand tall, look to the future, and drive on!."
Ch05: Failure Can Make You Stronger.
"If you want to change the world... don't be afraid of The Circus."
"In life you will face a lot of Circuses. You will pay for your failures. But, if you persevere, if you let those failures teach you and strengthen you, then you will be prepared to handle life's toughest moments."
"I realized that the past failures had strengthened me, taught me that no one is immune from mistakes. True leaders must learn from their failures, use the lessons to motivate themselves, and not be afraid to try again or make the next decision... You can't avoid The Circus. At some point we all make the list. Don't be afraid of The Circus."
Ch06: You Must Dare Greatly.
"If you want to change the world... slide down the obstacle headfirst."
"That obstacle course is going to beat you every time unless you start taking some risk."
"It was a simple lesson in overcoming your anxieties and trusting your abilities to get the job done. The lesson would serve me well in the years to come."
"Life is a struggle and the potential for failure is ever present, but those who live in fear of failure or hardship, or embarrassment will never achieve their potential. Without pushing your limits, without occasionally sliding down the rope headfirst, without daring greatly, you will never know what is truly possible in your life."
Ch07: Stand Up to the Bullies.
"If you want to change the world... don't back down from the sharks."
"Our goal, which we believed to be honorable and noble, gave us courage, and courage is a remarkable quality. Nothing and nobody can stand in your way. Without it, others will define your path forward. Without it, you are at the mercy of life's temptations. Without courage, men will be ruled by tyrants and despots, Without courage, no great society can flourish. Without courage, the bullies of the world rise up. With it, you can accpmplish any goal. With it, you can defy and defeat evil."
“Bullies gain their strength through the timid and faint of heart. They are like sharks that sense fear in the water. They will circle to see if their prey is struggling. They will probe to see if their victim is weak. If you don't find the courage to stand your ground, they will strike. In life to achieve your goals, to complete the night swim, you will have to be men and women of great courage. That courage is within all of us. Dig deep, and you will find it in abundance."
Ch08: Rise to the Occasion.
"If you want to change the world... be your very best in the darkest moments."
"Tonight, you will have to be your very best. You must rise above your fears, your doubts, and your fatigue. No matter how dark it gets, you must complete the mission. This is what separates you from everyone else."
"At some point we will all confront a dark moment in life. If not the passing of a loved one, then something else that crushes your spirit and leaves you wondering about your future. In that dark moment, reach deep inside yourself and be your very best."
Ch09: Give People Hope.
"If you want to change the world... start singing when you're up to your neck in mud."
"Once again, we had learned an important lesson: the power of one person to inspire those around him, to give them hope. If that one person could sing while neck deep in mud, then so could we. If that one person could endure the freezing cold, then so could we. If that one person could hold on, then so could we."
"Hope is the most powerful force in the universe. With hope you can inspire nations to greatness. With hope you can raise up the downtrodden. With hope you can ease the pain of unbreakable loss. Sometimes all it takes is one person to make a difference." As last statements he continues with, "We will all find ourselves neck deep in mud someday. That is the time to sing loudly, to smile broadly, to life up those around you and give them hope that tomorrow will be a better day."
Ch10: Never, Ever Quit!
"If you want to change the world... don't ever, ever ring the bell."
"If you quit, you will regret it for the rest of your life. Quitting never makes anything easier."
"Of all the lessons I leraned in SEAL training, this was the most important. Never quit.”
"Life is full of difficult times. But someone out there always has it worse than you do. If you fill your days with pity, sorrowful for the way you have been treated, bemoaning your lot in life, blaming your circumstances on someone or something else, then life wil lbe long and hard. If, on the other hand, you refuse to give up on your dreams, stand tall and strong against the odds-then life will be what you make of it-and you can make it great. Never, ever, ring the bell!"
"Remember... 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 you take some risks, set up when times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift the downtrodden, and never, ever give up-if you do these things, then you change your life for the better... and maybe the world!"
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