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3 vital Navy SEAL lessons you can use everyday in life

This is an exclusive blog post by Femi Hilekaan.

Naval Admiral William H. McRaven
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The United States Navy SEAL (SEAL stands for SEA, Air and Land teams), are an advance section of the US military and arguably one of the finest and well trained team in the world, mostly notably known for a special and clandestine raid it conducted on May 1, 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan that killed popular terrorist Osama Bin Laden.

It was an in-depth and mouthwatering speech by the respected Admiral that transcends to every department of our lives.

Though a huge chunk of his speech were mostly in SEAL terms and slang, however, being a Navy SEAL enthusiast, I will carefully decode and explain the most important of the lot in three points below (Each one is a metaphor for a vital area of life).

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1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed

Mundane as it may sound, making our bed is the most important duty every morning that many Nigerians take for granted.

"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"

"Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter."

"If you can't do the little things right, you can never do the big things right"- William H

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Maybe if we can sort out the simple, boring task of making our bed every morning, we can sort out our complex lives too.

2. You have to be your best in your darkest moment

It takes a brave man to be a SEAL. Some of the SEAL training warrants them to perform aggressive and extremely hard and dangerous underwater operations.

In his speech, William H talks about how in a "ship attack" training exercise, a pair of SEAL divers are dropped outside an enemy harbor and must swim for over two miles to their target ship without aid tools like depth gauge and a compass.

Approaching the enemy ship, the surrounding environment underwater is dark, and to complete the mission, a SEAL must swim under the ship and locate the keel, the center line, darkest and deepest part of the ship, amid deafening noise from the ship machinery, being calm, composed and using all your tactical skills and experience is the only way to finish this grueling task.

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So in the advent of tough times, you must be at your best in your darkest moments.

3. Do not ever ring the bell

So in SEAL training, a brass bell is in the centre of the training complex for every trainee to see. It is easy. Ring the bell, drop your helmet on the ground and you're done. No more demanding tasks and difficult missions.

However is giving up the solution? A saying goes around in Nigeria that "There's no food for a lazy man."

I became a SEAL enthusiast after attempting to take my own life due to recurring depression and I must confess I have become a better person. The big question however is, what is our 'bell' in life? I have an idea, "Our last breath"

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Never ring it!

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