Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare — poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to...

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Title:Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
Author:David Goggins
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  • Christopher Lei

    David Goggins has become the ideal in which I measure my own character and discipline. He basically has done what Jordan Peterson prescribes in his teachings in the most badass way possible. Wisdom and courage personified.

  •  Sarah Lumos

    OH MY GOSH!!! DAMN. This book was such an unexpected treasure and I am shocked it does not have more ratings. Guys, you need to read this book. It was one of the best books I have ever read. I would recommend giving the audiobook a try. It is part audiobook and part podcast. In between chapters, Goggins actually gives new insight and commentaries on his extraordinary life.

    Goggins was not meant to amount to much. He was supposed to become another statistic. Instead, through sheer work ethic and w

    OH MY GOSH!!! DAMN. This book was such an unexpected treasure and I am shocked it does not have more ratings. Guys, you need to read this book. It was one of the best books I have ever read. I would recommend giving the audiobook a try. It is part audiobook and part podcast. In between chapters, Goggins actually gives new insight and commentaries on his extraordinary life.

    Goggins was not meant to amount to much. He was supposed to become another statistic. Instead, through sheer work ethic and will power, he became a Navy Seal, motivational speaker, and athlete. This is not your typical self-help book. I love reading self-help books like this because you know they came from a person who has lived through the struggle. He is a living example of everything he talks about in this book.

    I love and admire Goggins's passion, grit, and resilience. His ability to push past discomfort to be all that he can be is astounding. I know I am raving about this book like crazy, but it really was life changing. Like, OH MY GOSH!!!

    Anybody can benefit from this book. For instance, I was reading this book from the perspective of a student who really wants a career in academia. If I wanted to pursue something like that, it would require great self-discipline and focus. This book helped me see how I can push past discomfort to achieve my goals.

    I am serious when I say this book changed my life, and I know I will listen to it again in the future. I want to better absorb all the wisdom Goggins has to offer his readers. A phenomenal, life-changing book that everyone should listen to. I could not stop listening to it and I dreaded it being over. You know a book is good when you want it to last forever. :)

  • Theresa Alan

    “The only way to guarantee failure is to quit right now.”

    This book will make you feel extremely guilty for skipping your workout. Ever. I think people who run the 26-mile marathons are out of their minds. I had no idea what levels of athletic lunacy are out there, like running on broken legs or running 100 miles in 36 hours in the hottest place on earth in July. David Goggins, after losing 109 pounds in three months, managed to become a Navy SEAL. After that, he just kept looking for new ways to

    “The only way to guarantee failure is to quit right now.”

    This book will make you feel extremely guilty for skipping your workout. Ever. I think people who run the 26-mile marathons are out of their minds. I had no idea what levels of athletic lunacy are out there, like running on broken legs or running 100 miles in 36 hours in the hottest place on earth in July. David Goggins, after losing 109 pounds in three months, managed to become a Navy SEAL. After that, he just kept looking for new ways to challenge his body as a way to harden his mind.

    He spent his first few years of life with a father that beat him and his mother. They escaped that to move in with his grandparents in a small Indiana town where he was the only black kid in school and both kids and adults spewed the “n” word at him. He grew up angry and cheated his way through school until he wanted to join the military and realized he’d be tested, and he needed to pass high school. His senior year he got his academic life in order and, with the help of a tutor, went from having a third-grade reading level to the reading level where he should have been.

    This book is extremely heavy on the mastery of the mind to do physical things that the majority of us will never even want to do. Goggins really glosses over his marriages and the fact he became a father. It’s great that he can run a zillion miles up a mountain, but, to me, success has a heck of a lot more to do with your personal relationships with others than whether you can run 100 miles in a short time without keeling over dead.

    I agree with him about getting your mind in the right place, regardless what goals you have. “Everything in life is a mind game!” If you have negative people in your life with power over you like a bad boss, he advises to take their negativity and feed off of it, turn it on its head, don’t let their negative thoughts infect yours. Don’t be a victim. Avoid indulging in negative self-talk. People who are bullies are bullies because they are insecure.

    Visualize your goal and potential challenges to achieving that goal. Know clearly why you are trying to achieve something because you will hit obstacles and want to give up. However, “Visualization will never compensate for work undone.” It takes relentless self-discipline to schedule suffering into your day.

    Build on small accomplishments to achieve big ones. Ignore friends and colleagues who tell you you can’t accomplish whatever goal you set out for yourself.

    “If you want to master the mind, you’ll have to become addicted to hard work. Because passion and obsession, even talent, are only useful tools if you have the work ethic to back them up.”

    Identify and accept your weaknesses. We all like to do things we are good at. He recommends finding our weaknesses and working on what make us uncomfortable. If we’re doing great at work and are healthy physically and with our personal relationships, learn a new language or something else to continue to grow.

    Before Goggins became a SEAL he was living life like a zombie and had accepted his fate. “When depression smothers you, it blots out all light and leaves you with nothing to cling onto for hope. All you see is negativity.”

    “Very few people know how the bottom feels, but I do. It’s like quicksand. It grabs you, sucks you under, and won’t let go. When life if like that it’s easy to drift and continue to make the same comfortable choices that are killing you, over and over again. . . . We all make habitual, self-limiting choices.”

    “Human beings change through study, habit, and stories.”

    There is some inspirational stuff to draw from here. He uses the “f” word a lot, which is not a word that bothers me, but it is a little jarring to see in a memoir/self-help kind of book. Still, this was a very fast read for me, and I’ll keep his thoughts in mind when I want to skip a workout or don’t want to push myself because it feels too hard.

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  • Gareth Otton

    I'm of two minds about this book.

    On the one hand, it's an inspiring story of a man who has overcome a lifetime of struggle and proved that you can do anything if you're willing to push yourself. In the first half of the book especially this was a message that resonated with me and made me think about David Goggins as a man to look up to.

    On the other hand, it's a cautionary tale of a man who is so stubborn he can not learn from his past mistakes. He is constantly going into situations underprep

    I'm of two minds about this book.

    On the one hand, it's an inspiring story of a man who has overcome a lifetime of struggle and proved that you can do anything if you're willing to push yourself. In the first half of the book especially this was a message that resonated with me and made me think about David Goggins as a man to look up to.

    On the other hand, it's a cautionary tale of a man who is so stubborn he can not learn from his past mistakes. He is constantly going into situations underprepared and then pushing his body past the point of sanity in order to accomplish a goal and seemingly expecting applause for that. Were he in some life or death situation then I might just give him said applause, but instead, he is always just trying to prove something to himself which is a really unhealthy way to go through life.

    Overall there were two main lessons to take from Mr Goggins story. One is that if you really put your mind to a task you can achieve the impossible. The second is that there is nothing admirable about taking the path of highest resistance just for the sake of personal pride. Yes, Mr Goggins has achieved amazing things, but there are others who have achieved similar results in a more intelligent and healthy way.

    In the end, I came in exactly on the halfway mark in regards to how I felt about this book and I have rounded up for the sake of not wanting to give this book a 2-star review.

    One final note is a comment on the audiobook. Mr Goggins made the decision to insert multiple interludes that feature the narrator interviewing him. These were interesting at first but soon grew really tiresome. They felt really self-serving as each one went along the lines of the narrator expressing how in awe of David Goggins he was, and David Goggins expressing yet again how hard it was for him to achieve his goals. I could have done without 50% of these as well.

  • Tim

    Warning: I think I missed something and, as a result, this review will not be popular.

    I appreciate the fact this book recharged me. It forced me to take a look around and realize where I am taking short cuts. For that, I am grateful for the individual stories of grit and determination.

    However, I started this book expecting, as the publisher promised, "...a path that anyone can follow to...reach their full potential." When I finished, I found that the book was only one dimensional. The stories de

    Warning: I think I missed something and, as a result, this review will not be popular.

    I appreciate the fact this book recharged me. It forced me to take a look around and realize where I am taking short cuts. For that, I am grateful for the individual stories of grit and determination.

    However, I started this book expecting, as the publisher promised, "...a path that anyone can follow to...reach their full potential." When I finished, I found that the book was only one dimensional. The stories demonstrate how the author achieved his full potential physically. Is that the author's full potential? What about the areas where this didn't work? Are we not going to talk about his two failed marriages? Are we not going to talk about how he failed to achieve his dreams in both the SEALs and an elite Army unit? Are we not going to talk about how most of the situations he found himself in were a result of lack of preparation?

    Specialization at the cost of everything else does not impress me. What impresses me is full potential in every domain. It's the individuals who never achieve the success the author did in one domain, but who are operating at full potential across every aspect of life. Show me the path of someone who excels at their job, raises their children right, contributes to their community, demonstrates classical virtues, loves their spouse, and still achieves physical goals. I want to know what path they are on.

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