If you’re like me, I am constantly looking to learn and grow from others in finding out how they have achieved success. So after reading the inspiring and hilarious “Living with a Seal” by Jesse Itzler, I was intrigued to know more about the Navy Seal considered to be the toughest man on the planet.
David Goggins memoir “Can’t Hurt Me” chronicles his astonishing life story starting with a punishing childhood with an abusive father, racism, poverty and tragedy.
What Goggins taught himself to do builds into an incredible story of self mastery of mental resilience, self-discipline, phenomenal work ethic and doing whatever it takes to achieve your dreams.
Some of the things that Goggins overcame was the tremendous childhood stress and trauma, going through the Navy Seal’s Hell Week three times, competing in ultramarathons, major heart surgery and setting the world record in pull ups with over 4,000 in 17 hours.
But what he teaches us all through the book is that most of us only operate at about 40% of what we are truly capable of and that we need to unlock our full potential so we can accomplish whatever it is we want to achieve.
It’s a hell of a story, tells you the hard truth and gives you a kick up the backside to drop the excuses and get on with kicking your goals. This book is not about a quick-fix or motivation, it’s about passion, obsession, mastering your mind and hard work.
“Our culture has become hooked on the quick-fix, the life hack, efficiency. Everyone is on the hunt for that simple action algorithm that nets maximum profit with the least amount of effort. There’s no denying this attitude may get you some of the trappings of success, if you’re lucky, but it will not lead to a calloused mind or self-mastery. If you want to master the mind and remove your governor, 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.” - David Goggins
If you love to read inspiring stories about how people succeeded in achieving what may seem impossible, then this book is for you. It will not only inspire you to take action, you will also understand you have a lot of unrealized potential and can push past the so-called limits you think you have.