This is without a doubt the most powerful, moving and inspiring book I've ever read, and I do read a lot. Reading Can't Hurt Me makes you take inventory of your life and gives you the spark to seek out challenges and be more than you thought you ever could be. To say the story of David Googins is remarkable is the understatement of a lifetime. This man has achieved so much and pushed his body and mind far beyond what most would believe to be humanly possible. But he wasn't always like this. He grew up poor, abused physically and mentally, suffered a learning disability, became obese. And then he saw a documentary on the Navy Seals, which changed everything for him. Through a combination of self-doubt, dissatisfaction, and a burning desire to see who he could be and what he could amount to, so Goggins began possibly the most remarkable human transformation ever documented. By developing a hardcore work ethic, and redirecting my internal dialogue, I now feel like anything is possible if I get after it.
That's a big statement, I know, but David Goggins has such a unique, refreshing, and honest way of looking at things that unless you're intellectually and emotionally comatose (or would like to be), you can't help but grow as you read. After decades of conscious self-discovery I thought I knew myself well. Goggins showed me how I only knew the areas I wanted to know, and how the unexamined areas had been mud wrestling me behind the scenes for years. I'm going to come right out and say the one thing I never expected to say in a review: If in your life you're only going to read one book that will mess you up and set you right, you can't get better than this one.
A year ago, I survived a heart attack, age 30 - doctors told me I couldn't be able to do anything too physical in the future, and that I need to take it easy for the rest of my life. I couldn't handle this, as I refused to accept the advice of clinicians locally here, who relied heavily on out-dated research and mostly knew how to help a much older group of people. Feeling very alone, I started researching cardiologists and athletes with a heart condition, and this guy David Goggins shows up.
Ever since then I've been following and consuming every piece of material and interview he has made - his advice and his philosophies to life was instrumental in helping me complete the very challenging Kokoda track in Papua New guinea a year after my heart attack - I climbed 6 mountains in 7 days in extreme tropical mud and heart, listening to David's voice in the back of my head.
The important thing about Goggins is he's a normal guy who's been through some tough challenges in life, and has come out on top. There is no end to the challenges though, and he's pretty much going to tell you what you already know - this is all hard work. This book teaches you, through his experiences, how to embrace the intensity, how to face your demons, and how to commit to your goals, and the dangers of "living happily ever after"
Get on to it. Oh and if you're someone who complains about profanity and bad language, then don't f***ing read this book. Stay hard.
I've loved reading since I was a kid. I've read thousands of books - many really good books. This is one of THE best books I've ever read. I'm rereading it, I'm studying it, and I'm determined to put everything I'm learning from David into practice in my life. I would recommend this book 100% to anyone who really wants to change their life. When you think about what you truly want to accomplish, ask yourself, like David...'What if?' Embrace the pain, and get to work - you won't regret it.
This book opened my mind again and again and again! David Goggins story is like no other and throughout the book you feel glimpses of all that can be felt in a life time. While his story is out there in many ways it’s also very connecting and the truths that were uncovered can propel you along your journey and arise that inner knowing and drive to push past that 40% every day, every moment.
I really enjoyed reading this book - it is written in the raw. An easy read and a hell of a story. We will be hearing a lot more from David Goggins - his story is a powerful one that will inspire many to be their very best.
David Goggins’ story is truely inspirational. Just when you think he has been through the absolute worst, he is thrown another curve ball. When in many circumstances I now ask myself “What would Goggins do?”. Stay Hard.