“If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.” – Admiral William McRaven
In the month of May, one of the most memorable learning experience that I have was to read the transcript or Admiral William McRaven. Having spent 36 years as Navy Seal and a Commander, he gave a speech at his alma mater – University of Texas. He gave 10 amazing life lessons, drawing heavily from Navy SEAL’s principles and experiences.
I can’t help it but want to share with my entire team and my fellow entrepreneurs. Admiral McRaven’s 10 Lessons:
1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.
4. If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.
5. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.
6. If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.
7. If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.
8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.
9. If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.
10. If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.
Looking at these 10 life lessons, I can draw a lot of parallels against my own entrepreneurship journey. I am sure many fellow entrepreneurs would feel the same. Among these valuable life lessons, what draws me most is #8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment. As part of the Navy Seals training, they were required to do underwater attack missions. The trainees needed to swim well below the surface and with little light, they swam towards the target ships. Their objective was to get to the deepest part of the ship – keel. But the keel is the darkest part of the mission, with loud ship machinery, and total darkness underwater, it was easy to get disoriented and failed.
But every Navy Seals know about this – at the darkest moment of the mission – is the time when you must stay calm and composed, where all your tactical skills, physical power, and your inner strength will be brought to bear.
How similar to our journey ?!
Often in our journey, we encountered dark moments. When we were in the dark moments, we knew it was the “darkest moments” of our life. the obstacles and challenges were there to disorientate us and make us susceptible to failure. Make us want “to ring the bell”.
But like Navy Seals, whatever happens, we never “ring the bell”. It is in these darkest moments, that we define our own character and strength. With no visibility of the future in the dark, we stay calm and composed. Focus on the mission at hand, draw from our inner strength to push us through. Calm and composed, we will succeed.
His Transcripts can be found here: http://www.utexas.edu/news/2014/05/16/admiral-mcraven-commencement-speech/
With best regards,