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

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A Summary of David Goggins’s Can’t Hurt Me and why you NEED to read this book.

Daily Blog #330

A retired Chief of the Navy, the only man in the military to be part of Air Force TAC-P, three Navy Seal Hell Weeks in one year (having completed two of them), and graduate of BUD/S and Army Ranger School. Finisher of over 60 ultra-marathons, triathlons, and ultra-triathlons while also holding the Guinness World Record for having completed 4,030 pull-ups in seventeen hours. Author of Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy The Odds. David Goggins.


Life was never easy for Goggins. After his father forced him and the entire family to work at the roller-rink from the minute David got home from school until the early morning hours, after countless bouts of both physical and mental abuse from his father, and after years of having his childhood stolen from him (one that sounds like nothing short of a living hell), Goggins had every right to be pissed off at the world around him. Or did he?

Finally having escaped the abuse of his father, Goggins and his mother packed up, left Buffalo, New York, and wound up living in Brazil, Indiana with his grandparents until he and his mother found a low-income apartment. Being years behind in school due to only being able to sleep while he was in school, being one of the only black people in his class, and never having a childhood to help him find his true identity, the cards definitely seemed to stack up against Goggins no matter what direction he faced.

After having little meaning in life, he decided that he wanted to become a Navy Seal. But this wouldn’t come any easier either. Being overweight, Goggins was told that he needed to lose 100 pounds in three months if he wanted to be sent to training. And for the first time in his life, he realized that everything from that point forward was on him. If he wanted to do something meaningful, he had no choice but to lose 100 pounds no matter how many times he was told it would be impossible to do.

Can’t Hurt Me

Hell Week is part of the training regimen to become a Navy Seal. It consists of zero sleep for a full week, vigorous exercise for twenty-two hours per day, and more mental and emotional beatdowns in those seven days than most people experience in their entire lifetime. Basically, it is the Navy’s way of seeing who truly has what it takes to be a Seal by making their life as miserable as possible for one full week.

Goggins didn’t just complete this training once, or even twice, but three separate times within the span of one year. The first time he would be forced to quit due to having pneumonia in both lungs. He completed the training on his second attempt but would have to drop out days after due to having a broken patella. And on what he was told would be the final time he could attempt to complete the training, he would do so while having a fracture in each of his shins. He would wake up before training started, would duct tape socks to the bottom of his feet to add padding to his boots, and would train.

Following the completion of his training, Goggins would put himself through as much physical training as he possibly could. After becoming one of the most decorated personnel in the military, he would spend his days running, logging upwards of 500 miles per week on the bike, and would spend his weekends competing in races. For Goggins, he loves the pain and thrived off of it.

The 40% Rule

After everything that Goggins went through, it wasn’t the pain that he was seeking in life, but rather the belief that he could achieve anything he set out to achieve. He realized that when he felt like quitting, when he felt like giving up, and when he didn’t think that he could go any further, he was only giving roughly 40 percent of his true potential. He didn’t want to be average. Goggins wanted to tap into that other 60 percent of his true potential, and he wanted to achieve the greatness that he envisioned for himself.

A Life Like Goggins’s

The purpose of this book isn’t to show you everything that Goggins had accomplished throughout the course of his life. The purpose of the book is to show you that we can achieve anything that we set our minds to as long as we never give up. No matter how many obstacles we experience in life, no matter how rough our pasts might be, and no matter how much pain we may experience, we are capable of achieving things that most would think of as impossible. We just need to be willing to see past our own excuses and work harder than ever towards our beliefs.  

Become Unstoppable

For what is probably the fifth time in a row, I truly can’t recommend this book enough. Not only do you gain motivation to achieve everything that you envision and set out to achieve, but all of the excuses that you think of for why you can’t achieve your goals will be completely washed away through hearing the struggles and difficulties that Goggins had to overcome.

Life is never going to be perfect for anyone. We are all going to experience our own difficulties in life, but only those who are willing to work hard and never give up will become unstoppable.


If you are someone who is trying to find the strength to achieve their goals, then this book is definitely for you. You have the ability to become unstoppable, sometimes you just need a little extra motivation to help you find your way. Let Goggins help you with that.

Michael Bonnell



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