Admiral McRaven is the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command. Although most of the speeches included in this list are from people in some way connected to media/tech, I felt that this speech just had to be included. In it, Admiral McRaven offers ten life lessons based on and supported by aspects of his NAVY SEAL training.

All ten of his lessons, and the stories that accompany them, are worth watching, but here are a few highlights:


  • “Start each day with a task completed.”
  • “Find someone to help you through life.”
  • “Respect everyone.”