If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
This is lesson number two from William McRaven that he shared in the commencement speech I sent out last week.
It truly is amazing what human beings can do when they work together.
Think of any major feat accomplished and each time there were a group of people working together to make it happen.
In the SEAL training it sounds like they get a lot of very specific experience working as a team. His speech is so good because it shows you how something simple like paddling together is the difference.
Working in unison great things can be accomplished.
Think about the teams you are on.
Are you rowing in unison?
What part of getting back into unison do you own?
What is the next thing to do to get back in unison?
Make it a great day.
Below is the text for this section of his speech:
During SEAL training the students are broken down into boat crews. Each crew is seven students — three on each side of a small rubber boat and one coxswain to help guide the dingy.
Every day your boat crew forms up on the beach and is instructed to get through the surfzone and paddle several miles down the coast.
In the winter, the surf off San Diego can get to be 8 to 10 feet high and it is exceedingly difficult to paddle through the plunging surf unless everyone digs in.
Every paddle must be synchronized to the stroke count of the coxswain. Everyone must exert equal effort or the boat will turn against the wave and be unceremoniously tossed back on the beach.
For the boat to make it to its destination, everyone must paddle.
You can’t change the world alone