Can't Hurt Me

David Goggins

Can't Hurt Me



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Can't Hurt Me is David Goggins' first-hand account of his traumatic childhood, his dark and hopeless teenage years, and how he finally found the motivation within himself to achieve his extraordinary accomplishments. Goggins explains how, once we actually realise that our mind can be our own worst enemy, we can learn to master our thoughts, in order to harness our full potential, and defy all adversity to become the person we really deserve to be.

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David Goggins’ childhood was marred by a tyrannical and abusive father, but he and his mother managed to escape from the hell he put them through


Even though he had escaped his father, the shadow of his past stayed with him, and continued to torment him


David became accustomed to feeling like a victim, and only a big dream could help him give his life purpose


The darkness once again comes after the light: the time had come to understand that our worst enemy is not an external force, but in fact lives within us


If we stop being driven by fear, anger, and a sense of inadequacy, we can find the motivation to achieve the impossible


Mastering our mind and thoughts is not enough to achieve great goals: we have to work hard, and spare no effort


Having a similar mental approach to David Goggins means living outside our comfort zone, and constantly improving: we always have 60% potential that we do not put to use


We can all achieve the impossible with hard work, by shaping our minds, and getting up early every morning


We must always be ready to get back up on our feet, and know that obstacles and difficulties are part of life




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Many useful tips to:

  • Understand that, at any time in life, we can decide whether to feel like a victim or a hero.
  • Break the mechanisms that hold us back from fulfilling our potential.
  • Learn to overcome our limitations, and keep raising the bar to achieve our potential.

David Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is an endurance athlete, and is specialised in the ultra-marathon, triathlon and ultra-triathlon. He is in the Guinness World Records for completing 4,030 pull-ups in 17 hours. He is also a motivational speaker for large companies, professional sports teams, and college students.

Publishing house:

Lioncrest Publishing