Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

August 15, 2014

The University of Texas’s new Chancellor’s pearls of wisdom

Filed under: Academia — louisproyect @ 12:33 pm

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 things right.


  1. Learning to follow orders no matter how insignificant and being rewarded for it is the road to success and a key qualification for becoming a university president. He can now teach the faculty and university workers to do the same.

    Comment by ken — August 15, 2014 @ 3:05 pm

  2. I have never made a bed in all of my life. Why do it when you’ll just sleep in it again? I guess that’s why I never succeeded in this capitalist world. Who knew?

    Comment by dan the captain — August 15, 2014 @ 5:08 pm

  3. Is this an outtake from Caddyshack?

    Comment by Doug — August 16, 2014 @ 5:45 pm

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