Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins and Adam Skolnick
For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare of poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse. But through self-discipline and hard work he transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world’s top endurance athletes. In “Can’t Hurt Me” Goggins illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear and reach their full potential.
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Can’t Hurt Me Notes:
0:00 – Intro to Can’t Hurt Me
- Underlying theme: You can overcome the impossible if you do the work
- Intended audience: Everyone who wants or needs to change
- Purpose of the book: Goggins shares the powerful mental tools he has learned to help anyone to accomplish greatness
4:30 – How easy is the book to read?
- Easy to read, challenging to implement
- 290 Pages
- 14+ hours of audio
5:45 – Reviews and Significance
- Amazon 4.8/5 – 2,630 reviews
- Audible 4.9/5 – 46,895 reviews
- #16 in Audible Audiobooks (See Top 100 in Audible Audiobooks)
- #3 in Success Self-Help
- #3 in Memoirs (Books)
9:15 – Bio of David Goggins
- David Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL and is the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL training (including three Hell Weeks), the U.S. Army Ranger School (where he graduated as Enlisted Honor Man) and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training.
- Has completed over 60 ultra-marathons, triathlons, and ultra-triathlons, setting new course records and regularly placing in the top five.
- 2013 Guinness World Record for most pull-ups completing 4,030 in 17 hours
- Famous public speaker. Over the years, he’s shared his story with hundreds of thousands of students across the country, numerous professional sports teams and the staff at Fortune 500 companies.
- All of the awards, medals, accolades and magazine articles mean nothing to David. That’s not why he does what he does. David chooses to run the toughest races and put himself through some of the hardest military training programs in the country for no other reason than to see what he’s made of. For him, physical and mental suffering are a journey of self-discovery – no other experience makes him feel more clear, focused and alive.
13:30 – Major Themes of the Book
- Growing up suffering
- Military career
- Ultra athlete
WASM Article: How David Goggins Lost 106 Pounds In 3 Months
- Goggins wants to help YOU to destroy your mental barriers to success
- If you can honestly accept your weaknesses then you can improve them
- Critique: This book will force you to change
- Q for Goggins: Are you at peace with yourself?
- Recommended reading: Living with a Seal: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man On the Planet
- Coming from a horrible background Goggins carved himself into an incredible man
- If you have that drive inside you it will make all the difference
- Critique: Good details about his childhood, not enough details about his adult life
- Q for Goggins: What’s going on in your personal life?
Jay’s favorite quotes from “Can’t Hurt Me”
“In the military we always say we don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.”
“The reason it’s important to push hardest when you want to quit the most is because it helps you callous your mind. It’s the same reason why you have to do your best work when you are the least motivated. That’s why I loved PT in BUD/S and why I still love it today. Physical challenges strengthen my mind so I’m ready for whatever life throws at me, and it will do the same for you.”
Matt’s favorite quote(s) from “Can’t Hurt Me”
“But visualization isn’t simply about daydreaming of some trophy ceremony—real or metaphorical. You must also visualize the challenges that are likely to arise and determine how you will attack those problems when they do. That way you can be as prepared as possible on the journey.”
“Even the best pep talk or self-help hack is nothing but a temporary fix. It won’t rewire your brain. It won’t amplify your voice or uplift your life. Motivation changes exactly nobody. The bad hand that was my life was mine, and mine alone to fix.”
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