Can’t Hurt Me

By David Goggins

David Olofinsky writes:

If you’ve ever wondered how far a person can push themselves, wonder no longer; just read this book and I guarantee it’ll blow your mind. It’s the life story of David Goggins, who suffered a horrific upbringing, somehow managed to turn himself into an inspiration and accomplished the impossible time and again. The challenges he takes on are so insane and extreme it’s difficult to totally grasp for the average person. The way he describes the physical and mental journey of his mind-blowingly difficult endurance races is just awesome. He really brings you into the discomfort and then thrill as he finds new levels of performance. Anyone remotely interested in human potential should read this book, but if you’re into any type of ultra-endurance racing/marathons/triathlons, you absolutely need to read this book. Though word of warning, there is a lot of swearing in the regular version and hence there is a 2nd ‘clean version’ if that’s not your thing.

My take aways:

  • The human body is an incredible thing and there are very few of us out there ever going beyond a small fraction of our potential
  • Mental toughness is absolutely vital to anyone attempting to reach peak performance
  • It doesn’t matter what you’ve faced in life, it’s your call if you want to be a survivor or a victim, find your thing and turn your pain into motivation to see what can be achieved
  • There are some seriously awesome people out there doing some insane stuff, I’m in awe


New York Times Bestseller. Over 3 million copies sold.

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 complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him “The Fittest (Real) Man in America.”

In Can’t Hurt Me, he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.

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