“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 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…’
From the time you take your first breath, you become eligible to die. You also become eligible to find your greatness and become the One Warrior. But it is up to you to equip yourself for the battle ahead. 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.
I am not a genius like those professors at MIT, but I am that One Warrior. And the story you are about to read, the story of my f*****-up life, will illuminate a proven path to self-mastery and empower you to face reality, hold yourself accountable, push past pain, learn to love what you fear, relish failure, live to your fullest potential, and find out who you really are.
Human beings change through study, habit, and stories.”
~ David Goggins from Can’t Hurt Me
David Goggins is a former Navy SEAL (and Army Ranger) who used to hold a Guinness World Record for completing 4,030 pull-ups in 17 hours.
(Yes, you read that correctly. Four thousand and thirty pull-ups. In 17 hours. And here I am reasonably happy with my 3,650 pull-ups a year accumulated 10 reps per day every day. lol)
These days he’s setting records as an ultra-endurance athlete.
But he wasn’t always Mr. Superhero.
In this great autobiographical self-help book, David walks us through his transformation from being a 297-pound exterminator to a “Who IS this guy?!” superhero.
If you’re into SUPER (!!!) intense demonstrations of how to conquer ourselves to do the seemingly impossible (and don’t mind a stream of f-bombs—lol) then I think you’ll love this book as much as I did. (Get a copy of the book here.)
Goggins is an astonishingly (!!!) inspiring human being.
Of course, the book is packed with Big Ideas. I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!
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