Change Your Life and Don’t Ring the Bell

"Finally, in SEAL training," says Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, "there is a bell.  A brass bell that hangs in the center of the compound for all the students to see. All you have to do to quit—is ring the bell.  Ring the bell and you no longer have to wake up at 5 o’clock.  Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the freezing cold swims.

Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the runs, the obstacle course, the PT—and you no longer have to endure the hardships of training. Just ring the bell.

If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell. It will not be easy. But, YOU can affect the lives of people in the next century.

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 next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today and—what started here will indeed have changed the world—for the better."

No matter what our job, we all face struggles at work. The key is not to give up and 'ring the bell.' Let's be the one with the 'can do' attitude. The one who everyone trusts to get the job done--to do what we say we are going to do. Let's be the one who doesn't gossip or complain--but instead, says, "Yes I can do that!"

About the Author

Val has written several books published by McGraw-Hill including: The Winner’s Attitude, Super Service 1st & 2nd editions, The Customer Service Manager’s Toolkit, OPEN Question Selling and Business Improv.

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