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#1 LeCastor

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 12:05 PM

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Admiral William H. McRaven gave the commencement speech for the University of Texas earlier this year and it's pure gold. This is a 20-minute video but I guarantee it's worth watching.



I used this to address my Scouts at the last Court of Honor and made it clear that, while it was a sendoff for our outgoing Scout and soon-to-be Eagle, it applies to all of us...for the rest of our lives.


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#2 dg98adams

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:39 AM

Liked it!!
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#3 TAHAWK

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 10:52 PM

http://en.wikipedia....liam_H._McRaven
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#4 John-in-KC

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 01:54 PM

Here is a copy of the link just as text

https://mungedwww.youtube.com/watch?v=pxBQLFLei70

 

Remove the word munged and you have the link.

 

Trev:  The link itself works on my box.  Will check with an ipad tonight


Edited by John-in-KC, 27 April 2015 - 01:55 PM.

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#5 qwazse

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 02:23 PM

Here is a copy of the link just as text ...

Official transcript:

https://news.utexas....encement-speech


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#6 blw2

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 03:01 PM

thanks for sharing.  I really enjoyed it.

 

I'm curious how you used it though..... I can't imagine that you repeated the whole thing.  Can you elaborate?

You have my wheels turning for my last Cubmaster's minute next month.....before summer break


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#7 LeCastor

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 06:21 AM

One of our Scouts passed his Eagle board of review just after his 18th birthday but about a week before that he attended his last court of honor as a youth.  Since he was off to college and heading away from his Patrol and Troop, I wanted to give him a few words of encouragement. So I kind of boiled down the Admiral's address into about five minutes, highlighting the key points.  There were plenty of moms, dads, and Scouts in tears when I was done.   :D


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Posted 28 April 2015 - 07:37 AM

thanks for sharing.  I really enjoyed it.

 

I'm curious how you used it though..... I can't imagine that you repeated the whole thing.  Can you elaborate?

You have my wheels turning for my last Cubmaster's minute next month.....before summer break

 

Good luck getting the Cubs to understand any of that speech. ;)


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#9 blw2

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 07:57 AM

well I sure wouldn't go plagiarizing the whole speech word for word.......... I just meant some of the concepts.  Changing the world, starting with making your bed as the 1st job of the day....

 

and the little guys are smarter than you might think.  They'd understand as much as most younger scouts would....

 

good on you Lecastor.  That speech was good inspiration, Sounds like you sent him off well.


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#10 LeCastor

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 08:42 AM

Thanks, blw2!

 

I didn't plagiarize it either ;) and made it very clear these were the words of the Admiral.  It is, indeed, a very inspirational moment.

 

Keep on keeping on!  Good luck with the Cubbies! 


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Posted 03 April 2017 - 10:35 AM

He turned this speech into a book:

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World

by William H McRaven

 

https://www.amazon.c...s/dp/1478969679


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#12 blw2

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 01:42 PM

Thanks, blw2!

 

I didn't plagiarize it either ;) and made it very clear these were the words of the Admiral.  It is, indeed, a very inspirational moment.

 

Keep on keeping on!  Good luck with the Cubbies! 

@LeCastor

if you catch this...I'm still wondering how you used it.  Did you read the transcript or just take some excerpts from it....or did you play the video?


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#13 blw2

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 01:45 PM

He turned this speech into a book:

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World

by William H McRaven

 

https://www.amazon.c...s/dp/1478969679

curious....have you read it?

Is it more of a memoir, telling his stories

....or purely inspirational?


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#14 MattR

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 01:52 PM

I haven't read it. Just doing a good turn today.


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#15 LeCastor

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 07:24 PM

@LeCastor

if you catch this...I'm still wondering how you used it.  Did you read the transcript or just take some excerpts from it....or did you play the video?

 

 

Hi!  Sorry for the delay.  That was a LONG time ago, but I recall explaining that it was a speech given by the admiral and I listed what he said and based my SM minute around the general premise.  Reading the transcript would be too long for one minute.  :D


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