Can't Hurt Me

Master Your Mind and Defy The Odds

By David Goggins

Published: November 29, 2021 Reading Time: 7 minutes rating: 6

Notes

I only gave this book a 6 out of 10 because I think Goggins' message is much more powerful when you hear and watch it from the man himself.

In particular check out these interviews:

This book is about action and taking control of your life. Each chapter ends with a challenge that Goggins recommends you go through. Below are the ones that I found most inspiring.

Challenge 1

What are the current factors limiting your growth and success?

Break your journal and write them all out in minute detail.

Give your pain shape.

You will use your story to fuel your ultimate success 1.

Challenge 2

This is about abolishing the ego.

Digital devices don’t work. Write all your insecurities, dreams, and goals on Post-it’s and tag up your mirror.

Whatever your goal, you’ll need to hold yourself accountable for the small steps it will take to get there. Self-improvement takes dedication and self-discipline.

Challenge 3

Doing things—even small things—that make you uncomfortable will help make you strong. The more often you get uncomfortable the stronger you’ll become, and soon you’ll develop a more productive, can-do dialogue with yourself in stressful situations.

Challenge 4

There is one way to not only earn their respect, but to turn the tables. Excellence.

If it’s a boss, work around the clock. Get to work before then. Leave after they go home. Make sure they see that shit, and when it’s time to deliver, surpass their maximum expectations 2.

Challenge 5

Rather than focusing on bullshit you cannot change, imagine visualizing the things you can. Choose any obstacle in your way, or set a new goal, and visualize overcoming or achieving it 3.

Challenge 6

Write it all out.

Include life obstacles you’ve overcome as well, like quitting smoking or overcoming depression or a stutter.

Set ambitious goals before each workout and let those past victories carry you to new personal bests.

Challenge 8

Get super detailed and document it all with timestamps.

Most people waste four to five hours on a given day, and if you can learn to identify and utilize it, you’ll be on your way toward increased productivity

Goggins' laws of nature

  1. You will be made fun of.

  2. You will feel insecure.

  3. You may not be the best all the time.

  4. You may be the only black, white, Asian, Latino, female, male, gay, lesbian or [fill in your identity here] in a given situation.

  5. There will be times when you feel alone.

  6. Get over it!

Highlights


  1. this maxim reminds me of Tony Robbins. ↩︎

  2. It also helps to under-promise and over-deliver. Also, check out Mastery↩︎

  3. the best resource on this line of though is The Obstacle Is The Way↩︎

  4. rituals are powerful, they help you get into the right mood. ↩︎

  5. Stoicism. ↩︎

  6. strenuous exercise is one of my favorite keystone habits ↩︎

  7. time-blocking is a powerful technique for making the most of your time. ↩︎

  8. see also Zen Mind, Beginners Mind ↩︎

  9. running is as much art as it is science. ↩︎