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Old 05-27-2014, 07:06 PM   #1
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2014 UT Austin Commencement 10 Life Lessons


Well worth reading (and not what you'd expect), here is a taste:

"If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed."

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_b.../ten-life.html
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:19 PM   #2
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What, only one guy likes a talk by an ex-SEAL?

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Memorial day only got a couple post's. ?
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Memorial day only got a couple post's. ?
I'll take a look - I've been neglecting looking around due to a paint vs stain thread...
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Thanks for the post. I'm going to read it tonight. Gotta respect a Navy Seal!
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...Gotta respect a Navy Seal!...
Yes Sir, that is a correct statement....

Some may not care for them...

But if you make the effort to learn what it takes to become a SEAL and what they do...

At the very least they deserve respect...
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I respect anyone who is one of the best, no matter what they do. If they do it for the rest of us they get more respect
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Contractors starting out could use this one (actually, I think most people have a hard time with this) bold added:

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But it seemed that no matter how much effort you put into starching your hat, or pressing your uniform or polishing your belt buckle—- it just wasn’t good enough.

The instructors would fine “something” wrong.

For failing the uniform inspection, the student had to run, fully clothed into the surfzone and then, wet from head to toe, roll around on the beach until every part of your body was covered with sand.

The effect was known as a “sugar cookie.” You stayed in that uniform the rest of the day—cold, wet and sandy.

There were many a student who just couldn’t accept the fact that all their effort was in vain. That no matter how hard they tried to get the uniform right—it was unappreciated.

Those students didn’t make it through training.

Those students didn’t understand the purpose of the drill. You were never going to succeed. You were never going to have a perfect uniform.

Sometimes no matter how well you prepare or how well you perform you still end up as a sugar cookie.

It’s just the way life is sometimes.

If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.

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I appreciate the men on this forum who honor those who are worthy of honor. I'm not sure what motivates contractor's to have a high regard for our vet's, but I am privileged to be included in that group.

This forum has a group of quality men.
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You have to give people their due. There are people I dislike as individuals, but respect them any way. They earned it.
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Good speech. My friend and I were discussing it the other day.
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Well worth reading (and not what you'd expect), here is a taste:

"If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed."

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_b.../ten-life.html
WOW! This is the most powerful thing I have read in quite some time.
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Good speech. My friend and I were discussing it the other day.
Conclusions?

I tried to explain the making the bed thing to someone, they thought it was BS. Starting off with a small success still has value, IMO - if nothing else, it gets your head in the right direction.

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WOW! This is the most powerful thing I have read in quite some time.
And the most powerful thing was?
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I've watched parts of his speach. Would have loved to have been in the audience to hear the whole thing first hand. Is there a link anywhere to see the entire speach?

I get the making the bed getting your mind right for the rest of the day, only problem, my wife is usually still in the bed for at least 3 hours after I get out of it. (she gets up at 7)
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I've watched parts of his speach. Would have loved to have been in the audience to hear the whole thing first hand. Is there a link anywhere to see the entire speach?

I get the making the bed getting your mind right for the rest of the day, only problem, my wife is usually still in the bed for at least 3 hours after I get out of it. (she gets up at 7)
The longest one I've found is 19 min 27 seconds, which is linked int he link I posted.

Can't help you with the making the bed thing - same here
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And the most powerful thing was?
The transcript of the commencement address.
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OUCH!
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Conclusions?

I tried to explain the making the bed thing to someone, they thought it was BS. Starting off with a small success still has value, IMO - if nothing else, it gets your head in the right direction.
We both decided it may be a good idea to start making our beds again.

I used to do this every day when I was younger. My friend had to do it for a long time between the USMC and the police academy.

Then we discussed how much BUDS must suck. I don't even like being on the beach under perfect conditions . He has a few friends that went through it as the SEALs and 0317s go through the same sniper school.
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OUCH!
I must be missing something here or maybe I didn't express myself very well.

I read the transcript rather than listening to the video because of my location at the time I saw the link.

I found the words to be very powerful and very inspiring.

I have an extreme amount of respect for our military men and women.

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