The boys at Kenny and Lauren’s wedding in Rhode Island this past July.

The boys at Kenny and Lauren’s wedding in Rhode Island this past July.

The Importance of a Made Bed

In his commencement speech at the University of Texas, Admiral William H. McCraven listed his top advice for success in life.  One of the advice was “make your bed.”

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. 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, 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.

I’ve made my bed each morning since I could remember.  It’s a habit I picked up from watching my parents.  For me, a made bed is a sign that someone cares about their home.  When things fall apart, as they naturally do, there’s someone that wants to put it back together.  It’s a small gesture that reminds us that relationships, families, and homes take effort to maintain and someone is willing to put in the work.

Few things in life compares to coming home from a long day and slipping into the comfort of a made bed.

Crissy Field at dusk is easily one of the best views anywhere in the world.

It’s not all fun and games in Vietnam. The team hard at work on the mobile app release at our de facto office.

It’s not all fun and games in Vietnam. The team hard at work on the mobile app release at our de facto office.

Our first day in Saigon started early at 5:30AM. Vietnam is decidedly a morning culture; streets are crowded by 6AM with vendors, commuters, and kids heading to school. We grabbed a bowl of pho for breakfast and planned our day.