16 October 2014
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Motivation for Franchise Superstars

If you cannot do the little things right, forget about the bigger ones

Whether it is in business (and yes, franchising), sports, the military, or just in everyday life, good habits, doing the little things right go a long way in laying the foundation for attacking the bigger tasks.

Here is a portion of a speech given by now retired United States Naval Admiral William H. McRaven, who last served as ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, at the University of Texas at Austin commencement on May 17, 2014, that nails the point on the simple task of making your bed every day.

“Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Vietnam 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.

And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made—that you made—and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.”

The making your bed every day is the first of 10 life lessons presented by Adm. McRaven in the speech. To see a transcript of the entire speech including the other nine lessens visit the following link: http://www.utexas.edu/news/2014/05/16/admiral-mcraven-commencement-speech/.

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