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Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins
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“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, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“It won’t always go your way, so you can’t get trapped in this idea that just because you’ve imagined a possibility for yourself that you somehow deserve it. Your entitled mind is dead weight. Cut it loose. Don’t focus on what you think you deserve. Take aim on what you are willing to earn!”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“In the military we always say we don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training,”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“We all need small sparks, small accomplishments in our lives to fuel the big ones. Think of your small accomplishments as kindling. When you want a bonfire, you don’t start by lighting a big log. You collect some witch’s hair—a small pile of hay or some dry, dead grass. You light that, and then add small sticks and bigger sticks before you feed your tree stump into the blaze. Because it’s the small sparks, which start small fires, that eventually build enough heat to burn the whole fucking forest down.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“I thought I’d solved a problem when really I was creating new ones by taking the path of least resistance.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“We live in a world with a lot of insecure, jealous people. Some of them are our best friends. They are blood relatives. Failure terrifies them. So does our success. Because when we transcend what we once thought possible, push our limits, and become more, our light reflects off all the walls they’ve built up around them. Your light enables them to see the contours of their own prison, their own self-limitations. But if they are truly the great people you always believed them to be, their jealousy will evolve, and soon their imagination might hop its fence, and it will be their turn to change for the better.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“Denial is the ultimate comfort zone.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“No one is going to come help you. No one's coming to save you.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“Heraclitus, a philosopher born in the Persian Empire back in the fifth century BC, had it right when he wrote about men on the battlefield. “Out of every one hundred men,” he wrote, “ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior…”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“Everything in life is a mind game! Whenever we get swept under by life’s dramas, large and small, we are forgetting that no matter how bad the pain gets, no matter how harrowing the torture, all bad things end.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“If you want to be one of the few to defy those trends in our ever-softening society, you will have to be willing to go to war with yourself and create a whole new identity, which requires an open mind.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“it’s possible to transcend anything that doesn’t kill you,”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“You are in danger of living a life so comfortable and soft, that you will die without ever realizing your true potential.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“Only you can master your mind, which is what it takes to live a bold life filled with accomplishments most people consider beyond their capability.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“We’re either getting better or we’re getting worse.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“But you don’t have to let your doubt into the cockpit! You can tolerate doubt as a backseat driver, but if you put doubt in the pilot’s seat, defeat is guaranteed. Remembering that you’ve been through difficulties before and have always survived to fight again shifts the conversation in your head. It will allow you to control and manage doubt, and keep you focused on taking each and every step necessary to achieve the task at hand.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“Anyone who is of sound mind and body can sit down and think of twenty things in their life that could have gone differently. Where maybe they didn’t get a fair shake and where they took the path of least resistance. If you’re one of the few who acknowledge that, want to callous those wounds, and strengthen your character, its up to you to go back through your past and make peace with yourself by facing those incidents and all of your negative influences, and accepting them as weak spots in your own character. Only when you identify and accept your weaknesses will you finally stop running from your past. Then those incidents can be used more efficiently as fuel to become better and grow stronger.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“You are giving up instead of getting hard! Tell the truth about the real reasons for your limitations and you will turn that negativity, which is real, into jet fuel. Those odds stacked against you will become a damn runway!”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“The reason it’s important to push hardest when you want to quit the most is because it helps you callous your mind. It’s the same reason why you have to do your best work when you are the least motivated. That’s why I loved PT in BUD/S and why I still love it today. Physical challenges strengthen my mind so I’m ready for whatever life throws at me, and it will do the same for you.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“like the Taoists say, those that know don’t speak, and those who speak, well, they don’t know jack shit.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“Tell yourself the truth! That you’ve wasted enough time, and that you have other dreams that will take courage to realize, so you don’t die a fucking pussy.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“By the time I graduated, I knew that the confidence I’d managed to develop didn’t come from a perfect family or God-given talent. It came from personal accountability which brought me self respect, and self respect will always light a way forward.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“The Buddha famously said that life is suffering. I’m not a Buddhist, but I know what he meant and so do you. To exist in this world, we must contend with humiliation, broken dreams, sadness, and loss.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“the human body can withstand and accomplish a hell of a lot more than most of us think possible, and that it all begins and ends in the mind.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“We didn’t care about muscle fatigue or breakdown because after a certain point we were training our minds, not our bodies. My workouts weren’t designed to make us fast runners or to be the strongest men on the mission. I was training us to take torture so we’d remain relaxed in extraordinarily uncomfortable environments.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“Luck is a capricious bitch. It won’t always go your way, so you can’t get trapped in this idea that just because you’ve imagined a possibility for yourself that you somehow deserve it.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“You can be born in a fucking sewer and still be the baddest motherfucker on earth.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“From then on, I brainwashed myself into craving discomfort. If it was raining, I would go run. Whenever it started snowing, my mind would say, Get your fucking running shoes on. Sometimes I wussed out and had to deal with it at the Accountability Mirror. But facing that mirror, facing myself, motivated me to fight through uncomfortable experiences, and, as a result, I became tougher. And being tough and resilient helped me meet my goals.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“no matter who you are, who your parents are or were, where you live, what you do for a living, or how much money you have, you’re probably living at about 40 percent of your true capability.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
“It's a lot more than mind over matter. It takes relentless self discipline to schedule suffering into your day, every day.”
David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

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