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Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  80,018 ratings  ·  6,134 reviews
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 t ...more
Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Lioncrest Publishing (first published November 15th 2018)
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Larry I think the moral of the story is he doesn't want to live a happy life but a fulfilled one. This reminds me of Aristotle's view on living a virtuous l…moreI think the moral of the story is he doesn't want to live a happy life but a fulfilled one. This reminds me of Aristotle's view on living a virtuous life in order to be happy.(less)
Anthony No, he didn’t. I think seeing a therapist still has somewhat negative stigma around it (unfortunately). I wonder what David thinks about it.

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Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Gareth Otton
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
I'm of two minds about this book.

On the one hand, it's an inspiring story of a man who has overcome a lifetime of struggle and proved that you can do anything if you're willing to push yourself. In the first half of the book especially this was a message that resonated with me and made me think about David Goggins as a man to look up to.

On the other hand, it's a cautionary tale of a man who is so stubborn he can not learn from his past mistakes. He is constantly going into situations underprep
 Sarah Lumos
OH MY GOSH!!! DAMN. This book was such an unexpected treasure and I am shocked it does not have more ratings. Guys, you need to read this book. It was one of the best books I have ever read. I would recommend giving the audiobook a try. It is part audiobook and part podcast. In between chapters, Goggins actually gives new insight and commentaries on his extraordinary life.

Goggins was not meant to amount to much. He was supposed to become another statistic. Instead, through sheer work ethic and w
Renee Amberg
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
David Goggins made me do it.

Seriously, such a breathe of fresh air. Finally a self improvement book from someone who has been there and is living the life he teaches. And in such a straight forward, no bullshit way. Goggins is brutal, real, and incredibly inspiring. Definitely the kinda book I needed going into the new year. Each time I picked up this book I felt his drive and passion and when I put it aside I put that mentality into my own life and got shit done! I also ran more this week than
Sean Barrs
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads, running
“You are in danger of living a life so comfortable and soft, that you will die without ever realizing your true potential.”

The words of David Goggins resonate with me on a level that I cannot quite describe.

I understand what it is to watch people suffer and fail because they did not believe in themselves. I understand what it is to watch people waste their lives and fuck up time and time again. I will not walk that path.

Motivation is not enough to pull us through. It comes and goes, like th
Paul Petrone
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book in one day. Certainly is interesting.

That said, I worry about the message. I agree with his point - to a point. But life isn’t always about just pushing yourself to the point of breakdown. It’s also about acceptance.

In the last chapter, he does talk about that. But I still think he has more to go in his journey in life. He’s accomplished a lot and has done a lot of good and I sincerely thank him for his service - but I hope for his own sake he finds true inner peace.

Until he doe
Dr. Appu Sasidharan
Summary (Regular Review)

This is a memoir that shows us the real importance of hard work. David Goggins beautifully portrays how hard work, self-discipline, and mental toughness transformed his life from a depressed, overweight young man to the only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller.

What I learned from this book
1) The 40% rule
The author tells us that most of us are able to use only 40% of our capabilities
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I feel like everyone is going to hate me for this review, but I just don't get the love for this book. I thought the first 1/3rd of this book was fantastic--the part where he is growing up is just striking, but then the rest of the book is just a bunch of really amazing physical feats. I have so much respect for Goggins, but the book is all about domination. Dominate your body. Dominate your enemies. "eat their souls." Don't be a "pussy"! His training guy yells at them at one point to stop being ...more
Jarrod Kane
Dec 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pain =/= gain.

This book is only about pushing past pain, taking pain meds, and constantly being in unbelievably stupid situations purely because he thinks "Pain" = gain.

There are multiple times where if others were not around to save him, he would have died.

I gave the first 25% of the book a benefit of the doubt that Goggins would get smarter, but as the book and his life progressed what you're reading is a story about someone who is never prepared, and always just pushing through pain even to h
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Can't Hurt Me" mentality!

"From the time you take birth, you become eligible to die... You also become eligible to become a warrior. I hope you are ready! It's time to go to war!!"

Can't Hurt Me is all about, as the subtitle of the book states, mastering the mind and defying the odds. This book is the inspiring story of David Goggins - his struggle during childhood, hardwork and perseverance to become a Navy Seal and Army Ranger, faith and belief in himself while overcoming severe health chal
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Roger that. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds is powerful. David Goggins is a former veteran, a Navy SEAL, and an army ranger, who overcame many obstacles in life and is now known for his incredible athleticism, competing in endurance events worldwide. He shares his life story in unapologetic detail and I was hooked.

Goggins had to endure a hellish childhood with an abusive father. He witnessed awful things at such a young age. After school, he joined the military, holding many i
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, audio, buddy-read
Do you have a 5k run or a marathon that you want to run?
Are you overweight, obese and trying to lose weight?
It can be done but it’s not easy!

If you think you’re a badass, I’m pretty sure you’re not David Goggins badass!

I did a buddy read with my husband for Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds.
We’re trying to eliminate the excuses for being lazy and not working out during the day.

Well, this book did the trick! After listening to the audiobook, I can now admit that I am a soft bitch
Mindaugas Mozūras
May 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
I hope you’re ready. It’s time to go to war with yourself.

I recommend therapy.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm divided on whether or not I like this book.

I'll preface this review with acknowledgement that Goggins survived a brutal, abusive childhood, and that kind of upbringing will certainly mold the choices a person makes as an adult. Through all of the audiobook, I kept thinking to myself that Goggins consistently sought pain, and not necessarily because I felt he needed to prove himself to... his peers, himself... God. I think he was unwittingly drawn to pain because that's what he grew up with
Theresa Alan
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The only way to guarantee failure is to quit right now.”

This book will make you feel extremely guilty for skipping your workout. Ever. I think people who run the 26-mile marathons are out of their minds. I had no idea what levels of athletic lunacy are out there, like running on broken legs or running 100 miles in 36 hours in the hottest place on earth in July. David Goggins, after losing 109 pounds in three months, managed to become a Navy SEAL. After that, he just kept looking for new ways to
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing life story. I've been soaking up all I can about David Goggins since I first saw him on Joe Rogan in August 2018. The audiobook is great: part book, part podcast... There are some extra stories in the audio version that are not in the printed book, which comes out on Dec. 4.

Thank you, David!

Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A gripping memoir, and I LOVE it when authors swear up and down like they would in conversation, but I suppose we can give Adam Skolnick credit for preserving that authenticity in the voice.

I'm not down with the philosophy, though. This is the story of an elite athlete and a man who has tempered his mind to endure extreme pain, but it read like a horror story or cautionary tale to me. I don't want to do those things, be like that, think like that, and I sure don't want to be in a relationship wi
Peter Yock
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book should be called ‘How I got famous for making really stupid decisions that ruined my relationships, body, and mental health.’

This book can be very entertaining. Especially the behind-the-scenes brutal accounts of navy training. But seriously, Goggins’ story is one of seemingly ignorant PTSD and extreme inconsistency. His only consistency is hyper selfishness. What kind of fool runs on broken legs? This one. What kind of guy says ‘don’t let me motivate you’ or ‘I’m not an example’ and
The reason I read this book was to learn what drove a man to successfully complete the rigorous, elite training of the U.S. Navy SEALS, U.S. Army Rangers and the U. S. Air Force Tactical Air Controller (TACP).

As a teen Goggins failed the Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery of tests twice. He tells about having to loss one hundred pounds to qualify for the SEALS’ training. He tells about using mental and physical discipline to reach his goals. First by turning his life around as a teenager
Faye Zheng
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Fascinating man who overcame a lot (to put it lightly) to achieve insane physical feats. However, I cannot abide by his extreme mentality and largely found his approach to be awful advice to live by. I struggled to get through this book.

Pushing himself to the point of kidney failure, stroke, broken bones, extreme pain and suffering, is Goggin’s way of proving that he’s “a hard motherfucker” and the ultimate “uncommon among the uncommon”. That’s great and all, but there is chapter after repetiti
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is the epitome of "pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps".
A decade ago when he burst onto the ultra racing scene I found Goggin's story a powerful paradigm shift in my own life. It's a testimony to what's possible, an assault on absolutely ANY excuses you can invent, and a challenge to do likewise!
Don't just read this book, but when you put it down, apply the same mindset! Use it to fight your own battles and overcome your own limitations...
Mario Tomic
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing and captivating. It was hard to stop listening to it. I'm glad I picked up the audiobook version because of the format and the extra bits. The story is a real-world example of the hero's journey. Don't get intimated by the length, time flies when you're listening about all the crazy inspiring stuff David Goggins has been through in his life so far. I 100% recommend this book to everyone. 10/10 ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mil
This is THE BOOK if you want to conquer yourself, your mind and personally achieve what you're been meaning to achieve. This is THE BOOK if you want to become a tough ass motherfucker.

I first heard of David Goggins somewhere in 2016 when Jesse Itzler promoted his book about living with a Navy SEAL and thought to myself "huh, that must be hard" and didn't think about it for longer. THEN, in 2017 I randomly found an interview with him on a Tom Bilyeu. When I heard his introduction, I literally sa
Stefan Selea
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
MUST, absolutely must read! I do not usually leave reviews - but this may very well be the penicillin of the 21st century.

Also, his podcasts with Joe Rogan are excellent (just as 99.9% of what Joe puts on YouTube is).

Edit: also the audiobook has extra passages - a kind of podcast, so give that a try too.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Title should be, “How to flunk out of life to succeed physically.”
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Who cannot admire David’s story? Anyone who went through hell as a child, faced and overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles, pushed himself to insanely extreme lengths to achieve goals, and worked hard to help others—that man or woman is worthy of acclaim. He is encouraging, motivating, positive.

And there’s the other, more menacing side of the story. “Show me a hero,” F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “and I’ll write you a tragedy.” There’s plenty of tragedy here, too. As someone who’s had two
Apr 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
I listened to this in bits and pieces because I couldn't take more than a chapter or 2 at a time. Much of the time I was thinking "just get over yourself!". Also, as an ultrarunner, I cringed at how poorly prepared he was. Early on, sure, I get that inexperience and a "can do" mindset as well as a driving urge to get into Badwater lead to his choices and experiences, but even as late as 2016 when he surely knew better, it was clear he was still doing events with inadequate preparation.

I agree w
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Always wanted to know how hard is it to become one of the Navy Seals.
David Goggins did much more.
Not an easy read, not an easy life and not a book for everyone.
Mitch Allan
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, 2020
An incredible story. If this doesn’t get you fired up to do something you have no pulse.
Philip Joubert
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
David has an awesome story but his book dragged on a bit - most likely because it's quite preachy.

His core message is gold though: unlock your potential through introspective, obsession and insanely hard work. Comfort is the enemy, always be pushing harder. If you think you're at your maximum you're probably only at 40%.
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