Sometimes it’s easy to be in a place in your life where you feel like you have everything you want and need. Sometimes you may also be ready to give up on what you want because you are too afraid to work harder for those goals which will require even more work to be achieved. There is a book that always helps me get through this, and I need a little more motivation to achieve the goals I have. The book is “Can’t Hurt Me”, by the toughest man in the world, David Goggins.
The book is the biography of David Goggins, who is considered one of the best endurance athletes of all time and has broken many world records in the fitness world. He is a Navy Seal who has completed Hell Week three times, the highest number of Navy Seals. In addition, he has run numerous ultra-marathons, which cover over 100 miles on dangerous trails. He finished them with some of the fastest times and he is the current world record holder for the most pull-ups done in 24 hours. The book is about telling him his story before accomplishing all of those accomplishments and the difficult upbringing he went through as a lost 24-year-old who didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life.
One of the main reasons I love this book is because it will always help you change your mindset. After reading everything he went through growing up, you realize that you have no excuse to achieve your goals. A critical lesson I learned from the book is that life will always test you hard. However, it is up to you to decide whether you let these lessons hold you back from achieving what you want or whether you allow them to push you and make you stronger. I have read many self-help books and books that are meant to inspire the reader, but none of them have had as much impact on me as this book.
I felt like I was connected to this book because of the inspiration it leaves for the reader. Yes, reading the story itself inspires you a lot, but there are quotes throughout the story that leave the reader wondering if he is pushing himself to his full potential. One of his quotes that struck me was, “If you want to control the mind and remove your governor, you have to get addicted to hard work.” Because passion and obsession, even talent, are only useful tools if you have the work ethic to back them up. This quote impressed me and gave me a glimpse of reality. It made me realize that this is true and that in many situations a lot of people want a quick fix without having to do the actual work. One key piece of advice I got from this book was that it won’t be easy to get what you want, but it will be so much better in the long run knowing that you worked for it.
The last thing I liked about this book, and probably the most important, is that it’s real. A lot of people who write biographies tend to leave out parts that may be too much to deal with, or they can fabricate things to make their life look better than it is. I love that this book is authentic and that it is true to who David Goggins is. If you know who he is, you can tell that this book was made by him and that he is telling the story. It makes the reader feel more connected to the author and the story, and you feel like you are experiencing it as you read it.
Overall, “Can’t Hurt Me” is a story that leaves the reader wondering what to do in order to achieve his goals and pursue what he wants. This book will leave a lasting impact on all readers, just like it did to me.