• Rob Olson

Book Review - Can't Hurt Me

I'll keep this one short and sweet.

4/5 Stars

I would call this book a combination between an autobiography and self-help book. It is the life story of David Goggins. You may recognize that name - he's been on the news, in magazines, and more for mostly wild fitness records ... with a unique personality.

Without giving away too much of the book, David has a horrific childhood and upbringing: physically abusive dad, moving often, racism, trouble in school, and more. He has every excuse in the book to falter and fail.

But in his early 20s, he looks in the mirror, 300lbs and working as an exterminator, and decides to change his life.

Fast forward, and he is now one of the most accomplished athletes in the world.

- Navy SEAL

- Ultramarathoner (Including multiple races of 135 miles in Death Valley)

- World Record Holder for Pullups (Over 4,000 in 17hrs...)

- Motivational Speaker

How did he go from 300lbs, unable to swim, unable to pass an aptitude test, to completely transforming his life? You'll have to read the book for that! Each chapter he gives a summation of how he overcame it, and gives the reader a "challenge" to help them overcome their own demons and challenges.

I will say, the book is ... honest ... and unfiltered. He does not hide his past nor who he is today. There is a lot of profanity and plenty of ... words and phrases that don't exactly align with the ... politically correct nature of todays culture. Take that for what you want!

Whether you want to read about one of Americas Heroes who overcame significant obstacles to get where he is today, or you are looking for insights and tips to improve your own mental toughness, or are wondering how you can take some steps in your life to improve it, I do recommend this book!

To end, here are 3 quotes from David Goggins

“You are in danger of living a life so comfortable and soft, that you will die without ever realizing your true potential.” [Read that three times and let it sink in...]

“You have to build calluses on your brain just like how you build calluses on your hands. Callus your mind through pain and suffering.” [Ever wonder why members of this gym are successful in life? Yep, we understand hard work and are willing to callous our hands and our minds]

“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

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