Ready to Change the World? Start By Making Your Own Bed

“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” That was advice from U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McCraven, given at a commencement ceremony before graduates of the University of Texas a few semesters back. “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day,” he said. “It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And 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 the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day