Rating: 10/10

If you were told to run one-hundred miles on three days’ notice, how many miles would you run? The average person probably can’t run half of a marathon or thirteen miles. Let’s say that one-thousand people are forced to run these one-hundred miles. Eighty percent of them will quit at thirteen miles or less. But if you think like David Goggins, you wouldn’t quit at thirteen miles. You would tell yourself that when your body starts telling you to stop you hit forty percent of your limit. Yes, that means nineteen-point-five more miles after your body is screaming stop. The forty percent rule is one of the many great lessons in David Goggin’s book Can’t Hurt Me.

If you were told to run one-hundred miles on three days’ notice, how many miles would you run? The average person probably can’t run half of a marathon or thirteen miles. Let’s say that one-thousand people are forced to run these one-hundred miles. Eighty percent of them will quit at thirteen miles or less. But if you think like David Goggins, you wouldn’t quit at thirteen miles. You would tell yourself that when your body starts telling you to stop you hit forty percent of your limit. Yes, that means nineteen-point-five more miles after your body is screaming stop. The forty percent rule is one of the many great lessons in David Goggin’s book Can’t Hurt Me.

            Goggins starts off by explaining why he should have been a statistic. His dad would regularly abuse him at an extreme level. With constant belt beatings for no reason whatsoever. When Goggins and his mother escaped from his abusive far, he was put into a racist school. Where he had to endure wounding levels of hate, all while struggling with his childhood education. Other childhood traumas include watching a child getting flattened by a bus and having his soon to be stepfather murdered. Throughout the book, Goggins gives one an assignment to complete at the end of each chapter. The first chapter’s assignment is to list your demons is a journal. List every time that you have been hurt or if you are currently going through pains. This will give pain form so that you can use it as fuel throughout your life’s journey.

In his young adult life, Goggins gained weight in his seek for comfort. While exploring the path of least resistance he ended up a three-hundred-plus-pound cockroach exterminator. This was after he had gone to air force training. Before going to air force training, he had to look at himself in the mirror (termed the accountability mirror) and tell himself that he was one “dumb mother*cker.” After this, he had to study his ass off just to qualify for the Air Force and make up for his disturbed childhood. He had to revisit the accountability mirror after seeing an infomercial for the Navy Seals. You probably guessed it already this chapter’s assignment is to set up your accountability mirror with sticky notes full of all our insecurities, goals, and dreams. By looking at this every day, you will have more incentive to do the next assignment by taking little steps every day.

In chapter four Goggins talks about taking souls. This is pushing yourself beyond the masses perceived limits. Goggins used this to get back at the Seal instructors that were trying to break him. Physical or not this can be applied to every aspect of life. If you want to be world class at x put in more hours, and work on the minor details like the great Michael Jordan. If you are in a physical competition, go beyond everyone’s expectations of reality to discourage the competition. Even if you are just working out for your health, take your own soul to discover the deeper parts of the mind. This was my favorite chapter, and I can’t wait to start implementing the process of taking souls.

The next chapter is all about your why and the power of visualization. When you want to quit ask yourself why and visualize the outcome. Goggins calls this the armored mind and what he had to go through to develop it is no joke. At the same time realize that not everything is about a trophy, but about being able, to be honest with yourself about what you have done. You can say x and people can say y, but the only one that knows the full truth is you. One can never lie to thyself. Now that you are being honest to yourself go through suffering that you can be proud of. Goggins discovered that the only way to find yourself is through suffering. The only way to grow and callas your mind is through suffering. So, make sure to expose yourself to constant pain.

The eighth chapter is about getting after it. Goggins explains how he never got anything easy in life and had to struggle at everything that he put his mind to. Part of his success was tunnel vision. Focus on one task at a time, multitasking is just myth. If you don’t believe me check out my Deep Work review. Now that you have the blueprint surround yourself with only the best. Goggins version is being uncommon amongst the uncommon. Once you are around the best, you will start to move up to their level. It’s your job to figure out how to go beyond that level and cement your legacy. The most important part of being uncommon amongst the uncommon is never to get complacent. You are only as good of what you did yesterday and what you are doing today.

Part of avoiding complacency is seeking out failure. Failures will teach you valuable lessons and keep you from saying what if. If you don’t pick up Goggins book than this review and I have failed, you. Let me know how to make it better in the comments. I could talk about this book all day, and this review will never give it or Goggins justice. If you decide to check it, I recommend the Audible version over the text version. Goggins hops in on the Audible version to explain everything in more detail. If you like reading more than listening, get both versions you won’t regret it.

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