If You Want To Change The World


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In this episode of the Maximum Lawyer Podcast, Tyson Mutrux recommends the book "Make Your Bed" by Admiral William H. McRaven. He discusses key principles from the book, such as starting the day with a simple task and being your best in your darkest moments. Tyson emphasizes the importance of staying optimistic and working as a team. He shared that the book was a beneficial read for individuals and teams, especially in the context of running a law firm. Tyson concludes by encouraging consistent action to achieve goals.

Episode Highlights:

  • 02:23 Starting the day with a completed task
  • 04:01 Life isn't always fair, and sometimes you have to accept setbacks 
  • 05:45 Even in the worst circumstances, it's important to stay optimistic


Transcripts: If You Want To Change The World

Speaker 1 (00:00:01) - Run your law firm the right way. The right way. This is the maximum Lawyer podcast. Lawyer podcast. Your hosts, Jim Hacking and Tyson Matrix. Let's partner up and maximize your firm. Welcome to the show.

Tyson Mutrux (00:00:24) - Hey, it's Tyson! I'm back with another quick episode today. I'm going to be talking about one of my last book recommendations for the year. I guess it will be my last book recommendation for the year. And it is Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven. It is a book that I recommended on the big podcast, but I'm going to talk about it in more depth today before I dive in on that book, though, for those of you that have not gotten your hands on it, we've got this really unique roadmap that Jim and I have put together called Maximum Lawyer Minimum Time. And this is something that we give to guild members for free. Whenever they join, we give them the entire course. We're going to give you stage one of maximum lawyer and minimum time to our podcast listeners, absolutely free.

Tyson Mutrux (00:01:08) - All you have to do is text stage 123145019260 and it'll go to you automatically. So check it out. All right. So let's get back to make your bed. And if you're going to read one more book the rest of the year this is the one to do. It is less than 150 pages. It's a really quick, easy read. It's something that was written by Admiral William H. McRaven. He's a retired US Navy Seal, and it's a book that he wrote based on a commencement speech that he gave at the University of Texas in 2014. And you might have seen the speech. And if you've if you're not going to read the the book, I do recommend that you go and you listen to his speech on YouTube. It went viral. There's, you know, millions and millions of views of it. Definitely check it out. I would I would do both. I watched it and I read the book. It's a it's a really good listen and it's a good read. But what McRaven does is he goes through ten principles that he learned during his time as a Navy Seal and during Navy Seal training that have translated over into his real life and beyond his military career as well.

Tyson Mutrux (00:02:23) - And I'm going to go down some of my favorites. I'm not going to go down the full list. I'd like for you to go read the book and check it out that we, uh, you know, you can you can get a little bit more detail, but then also you can help support him because I don't want to give away everything in the book. I'd like for you to go read it, but the first one is and it's you know, this is kind of like the title of the book. You might get an idea. This might be the first tip, but it's start your day with a simple task that's completed, and he talks about making your bed. And there's something about how you can take that little small task and just making your bed. And it'll help give you some momentum into the day. Let's say it's not making your bed. Maybe you'd like to keep your bed unmade, or maybe someone makes your bed for you. I don't know, but start with some other simple tasks to start the day.

Tyson Mutrux (00:03:10) - Maybe it's working out, but start with something that's simple to give you that momentum. And maybe you have problems working out or doing something early in the morning. Okay, well, try making your bed and see if that'll help give you that momentum. That way you're not tempted to get back into bed, but it'll it'll give you that momentum into the other task of the day. The next one I want to talk about, and it's one of my favorite parts of the book. He talks about get over being a sugar cookie, all right. And the whole idea of a sugar cookie, it's it's this punishment for whenever you do something wrong in the seals, and you have to get yourself wet, and then you have to roll around in the sand. And as you might imagine, that's a very uncomfortable thing that you've got to do. But the point of it is that life's not fair. Sometimes you have to just you end up being a sugar cookie and you gotta get over it, okay? You gotta get the move on from it.

Tyson Mutrux (00:04:01) - Just keep moving, okay? Things suck sometimes. Just move through it and eventually you'll be fine. The next one I want to get to is be your very best in your darkest moments. These are the times whenever we should show the most strength and. And I want to make sure that I. There's the whole thing. You know, you should always, you know you know, do the right thing at all times. I'm not really talking about that here. What I'm talking about is, is that something? Things are going to happen bad when you're running your law firm or whenever you're an attorney. They're just things are going to come up and it's not going to be the best. But that's whenever you should try to draw some strength from that and say, you know what this is? I'm here because of because of moments like this and take strength from that. And that way you can persevere through those moments, okay? Try to find strength in those moments. And and sometimes you have to tell yourself just sometimes you have to lie to yourself, say, hey, I enjoy this.

Tyson Mutrux (00:04:57) - This is these are the moments I'm made for, okay? And it's going to help give you some of that strength that you might need. The next one I want to talk about. I've got two more. I love this part of the part of the book. Start singing when you're up to your neck in mud, because he talks about how they were in this cold water. They were up to their necks in mud and water, and people were wanting to quit. People were wanting to go up and ring the bell and what they did. Was. And they knew. The instructors knew that, hey, this is the point when people start to break and what they started to do, they banded together and they all just started to sing together. They all knew that they were there together with each other as a team, and it really helped to motivate them to, you know, people would want to help. No, no, no, get back in this water. Don't you ring that bell? We're going to we're going to get through this together.

Tyson Mutrux (00:05:45) - And and so sometimes what you have to do is you have to stay optimistic even in the worst circumstances. And when you're, you know, buried all the way up to your neck and you're just going to start singing, right, you gotta start singing band together, keep moving. And then the last one is, don't ever ring that bell. I understand that running a law firm is really difficult. I completely get it. I run a law firm, I know how it works. And not everything's, you know, rosy. And you're making cash every day. Sometimes it can get really, really tough. But don't ever ring the bell, okay? In Navy Seal training ring that bell means you're quitting. Okay? What you have to do, though, is you have to keep persisting. Real life. We have our own bells that we ring. Right? And sometimes people say, oh, you know, I'm not I'm not cut out for this. I can't run my own law firm. I need to go work for someone.

Tyson Mutrux (00:06:31) - That's not true. Don't ring that bell. Learn the tools you need. Keep going through the training. Keep getting all the knowledge you can and you can persevere through it. So there's a couple of reasons why I'm recommending this book. One is it's awesome read. It's it's really something you're going to get something out of. But the other thing is, is that give it to your team. So as you begin to to grow and some of you may already have, you know, decent sized firms, give it to your team. We did this as part of our book club and everyone loved it. Everyone got something out of it. They really enjoyed it. It's a super short read. It's simple by the book for everybody and and watch them grow and watch how much they're going to love it too. So part of it's for you, part of it's for your team as well. All right. I'm going to wrap things up as a reminder though. If you have something you want me to cover on the Saturday show, shoot me a text and I'll try to cover it if I can.

Tyson Mutrux (00:07:21) - It's we've got a lot of topics that we've gotten from people. If you've got one that's really good and it's relevant and timely, I'll definitely get to it. When I can text me at 31450192603145019260. Just lots of great suggestions every single week. But until next week, remember that consistent action is the blueprint that turns your goals into reality. Take care. See everybody.

Speaker 1 (00:07:49) - Thanks for listening to the Maximum Lawyer podcast. Stay in contact with your hosts and to access more content, go to Maximum lawyer.com. Have a great week and catch you next time.

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