Posted by Colin Heggie on Aug 03, 2021
Admiral William McRaven was a U.S. Navy Seal who became a four-star admiral, leading the Special Operations Command.  He went on to be the Chancellor of the University of Texas System.  In 2014, he delivered a memorable commencement address to graduates of the U of T.  Their slogan is “What starts here changes the world.”  He suggested the average person will meet 10,000 people in their lifetime, & if each of the 8,000 graduates changed the lives of 10 others, & each of them changed another 10, in six generations, the whole world would be changed.  “Changing the world can happen anywhere, & anyone can do it – what will the world look like after you change it?”  His suggestions, related through anecdotes from six months of grueling SEAL training, are “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 take you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up — if you do these things, then the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today.”