Remarks by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, BJ ’77, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations Command, Texas Exes Life Member, and Distinguished Alumnus. University-Wide Commencement The University of Texas at Austin, May 17, 2014.
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.” ~ Randy Pausch
Lessons on Living – Morrie Schwartz
“Don’t cling to things because everything is impermanent.” “The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” “Accept who you are; and revel in it.” “Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
The moment you decide to quit
“…nobody quits an ultra race or Hell Week in a split second. People make the decision to quit hours before they ring that bell, so I needed to be present enough to recognize when my body and mind were starting to fail in order to short circuit the impulse to look for a way out long before I tumbled into that fatal funnel. Ignoring pain or blocking out the truth like I did at the San Diego One Day [100-mile ultra marathon race] would not work this time, and if you are on the hunt for your 100 percent, you should catalog your weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Don’t ignore them. Be prepared for them, because in any endurance event, in any high-stress environment, your weaknesses will surface like bad karma, building volume, and overwhelm you. Unless you get ahead of them first.”David Goggins, Can’t Hurt Me
“Yes you can. You can do anything you want to do as long as you make up your mind. You can do it.” Dick Hoyt