For my 26th birthday on June 26, 2000, I got something that is to this day one of my most prized possessions: a certificate stating I’d successfully completed the Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) scout sniper program. The signature on that certificate reads “Captain William H. McRaven.” Captain McRaven was on hand to officiate.

Fourteen years later, McRaven, now a four-star admiral, delivered the commencement address at the University of Texas, in a widely circulated speech titled If You Want to Change the World. In it, he talks of 10 lessons he learned in the course of SEAL training that could turn into behaviors to change the world. The first is this: Every morning, make your bed.

His point? If I look through your bedroom and poke around your kitchen, I don’t need to see your performance record, because I already have a pretty good idea of what kind of shape you’re in.

This is the man who organized and executed Operation Neptune’s Spear, the Spec Ops mission that killed Osama bin Laden. A month after giving that address, he was appointed commander of SOCOM, the entire U.S. Special Operations Command. When this guy talks about changing the world, he’s not just making noise. (The whole speech is worth watching. Just search “McRaven make your bed.”)

Modern Warriors on Fox Nation is hosted by Army combat veteran Pete Hegseth. The show provides an important platform for modern combat vets to share their stories, combat experience, thoughts on America, and why they served.

Where does the McRaven story above fit in?

Let me explain.

When I was watching the 2020 Veteran’s Day episode of Modern Warriors I saw many parallels to the important message in McRaven’s famous speech.

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