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Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds Hardcover – December 4, 2018
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This book is as much an amazing story as it is a self-help book.
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This book is written 100% from the heart and, if you have watched some of Dave's interview, you will find that reading this book is like him talking to you personally. It doesn't hold back on the graphic past of his life, however nasty, and perfectly reflects the message it portrays so effectively: accept the truth, only then you may be able to change.
Following Dave's principles turns you into a healthy masochist, seeking out everything that keeps you up and haunts you at night, running towards the dragon, not away from it. And I can personally attest to the fact that, when you run towards all the things that scare you the most, and you beat/settle them, there's an amazing feeling of 'that was it, what's next?', as well as an acceptance of adverse events through a 'calloused mind'.
My favourite aspect of the book is the 'WHAT IF?', and perfectly summarises Dave's story and message. What if you, reading this right now, could be somebody that nobody, including yourself, thought you could be, how would that feel? Use that to drive you forward and even if your attempts fail, say 'roger that' and try until you succeed.
Dave shows that in order to overcome and master yourself you must become quiet and 'go into your own mind' which is a challenge in today's society where social media and low quality entertainment steals everyone's attention.
Goggins battles with his inner demons to become one of the most inspiring people I now know. This book is raw and simple. It is a story of Goggins yet it is a story of humanity, and the ambition of each one of us to become the best that we possibly can be. He gives us the tools to do so and makes us believe we can.
Es ist mit Abstand das inspirierendste Buch, das ich je gelesen habe. Seine Biographie liest sich wie ein Roman und ich habe selten mit einem "Protagonisten" so mitgefiebert. Goggins öffnet einem durch seine Lebensgeschichte die Augen zu was der Mensch fähig ist. Seine Ansätze fußen auf seinen Erfahrungen und sind mit keinem anderen Motivationsbuch zu vergleichen, denn sie sind oft eiskalt, roh und echt. „Barbarisch“ und „mittelalterlich“, wie Goggins selbst sagt. Es kämpft gegen die Entwicklung an, immer den leichtesten und schnellsten Weg mit dem geringsten Widerstand im Leben zu suchen (Lifehacks, 6-Minuten-Abs-Workout, etc. - wir kennen es alle) und dem Schmerz hinterherzujagen. Denn laut Goggins hat man in schmerzhaften, oder zumindest unangenehmen Situationen die wichtigsten Einsichten.
Für mich persönlich ist dieses Buch von unvorstellbaren Wert und ich habe schon jetzt Dinge erreicht, die ich nicht für möglich gehalten habe. Ich habe davor schon einige Motivationsbücher gelesen und keines hat bis jetzt einen ähnlichen Wandel in meinem Leben angestoßen. Das einzige Manko: nachdem man dieses Buch gelesen hat kann man andere "Motivationstrainer" nie mehr ernst nehmen.
Ich hoffe, dass euch dieses Buch genauso mitnimmt wie mich.
However, having said that there is one boxing example in the book, I strongly disagree with on (Page 211-212): “Imagine you’re a boxer, and on your first day in the ring you take one on your chin. It’s gonna hurt like f*****g hell, but at year ten of being a boxer, you won’t be stopped by one punch. You’ll be able to absorb twelve rounds of getting beat the f**k down and come back the very next day and fight again. It’s not that the punch has lost power. Your opponents will be even stronger. The change has happened within your brain. You’ve calloused your mind. Over a period of time, your tolerance for mental and physical suffering will have expanded because your software will have learned that you can take a hell of a lot more than one punch."
The problem with this particular example is that there have already been multiple rigorous scientific brain scan studies done investigating the long-term accumulative brain damage from constant concussions sustained over a period of time, especially in boxing. Therefore, continuous punches to the head after 10 years could very likely lead to or significantly increase the risk of serious irreversible consequences such as confusion, headaches, memory loss, social instability, impulsive behavior, dementia, movement disorders, speech impediments, tremors, cognitive disorders and depression. David talks a great deal about his injuries (broken skin & bones, heart surgery) and his incredible ability to be able to persevere with his enormous will power. However, there is a huge difference between braking your skin & bones, which eventually will heal compared to sustaining long-term brain damage, which is simply irreversible! and no amount of will power can regenerate it back to the way it was. Just read about these boxing legends who developed debilitating brain diseases as a direct result of the constant concussions sustained over their boxing career:
1. Sugar Ray Robinson (Developed Alzheimer’s disease)
2. Muhammad Ali (Developed Parkinson’s disease)
3. Jerry Quarry (Developed brain atrophy & dementia)
4. Freddie Roach (Developed Parkinson’s disease)
5. Michael Watson (Sustained serious brain injury, confined to a wheelchair)
6. Meldrick Taylor (Developed dementia)
7. Thomas Hearns (Developed dementia)
8. Riddick Bowe (Sustained brain damage)
9. The list goes on….
My recommendation would be to ignore the ignorant boxing example, because the rest of the book is fantastic and truly inspiring.
I have literally spent thousands of hours going through a lot of BS from the so called motivational speakers, life coaches, peak performance experts, etc. trying to figure out what drives people who are uncommon among us and how to become such a person and achieve greatness. And though I got some snippets of valuable advice it was never life changing. But this guy has completely blown my mind.
The first time I heard him speak in Tom Bilyeu's youtube channel I just could not believe that one person could achieve what he has achieved, inspite of going through so much pain and suffering. It made me realize how much potential I was wasting.
So I have been eagerly waiting for this book and it was even better than my expectations. He doesn't just tell us his life story in detail, he also gives us tools for changing our lives.
You won't need any other person except him for inspiration. There is a lot of crap out there in the name of advice but I truly believe more and more people are going to discover him and this would make a whole lot of those so called experts jobless.
O livro conta a infância, adolescência, toda carreira de Goggins no exército e sua vida paralela como ultramaratonista, entre outras coisas. Ele ensina passo a passo como de um menino frágil se tornou o que é hoje, como se preparava, encarava e dava a volta por cima dos desafios da vida.
Ao fim de cada capítulo ele dá dicas diretamente de como você pode aplicar tais práticas que vão te tornar mais parecido com a mentalidade que ele desenvolveu.
2) too much military drill yelling
3) his background was rough but he there are far far worse than that who absolutely can't function because of childhood abuse as it cripples them with depression/ anxiety and schizophrenia/CPTSD. He got out i think when by his teenage years and had one loving parent - that makes a big difference.
Because of this i just felt it was in a way shaming those who are in bad shape from their childhoods...as he only just realizes by the end - self perfecting/ over working actually stems from abuse so it seems to me he hasn't really gotten over it.
There are so many lessons to be taken away from David Goggins' life. His approach to orienting hinself to failures and obstacles can be applied to anybody, in any field.
Contemporary culture places comfort on a pedestal. Goggins implores you to do the opposite. Strive, strive and strive to be the best that you can be. Embrace the pain and suffering that inevitably accompanies any effort to transcend mediocrity.
I first saw David Goggins on the Joe Rogan show, then read "Living with a SEAL". I was delighted to hear that he had written a book, and eagerly awaited it. Well, I wasn't disappointed; it's simply the most inspirational book I've ever read.
Whether you are into physical challenges, learning a musical instrument, or, being better at public speaking, this book has lessons for you. Lessons which Mr Goggins learned through the most arduous circumstances, which led to him being called, with justification, "the toughest man on the planet"
David Goggins details his amazing life story immaculately. Using his suffering to build strength then turning that strength in to accomplishment.
A story from the beginning of the book really sums up this experience. It is the author mentioning how he was at MIT as part of a panel discussing mental toughness. A professor stated that we all have genetic limitations. “That there are some things we just can’t do no matter how mentally tough we are…When we hit our genetic ceiling, he said, mental toughness doesn’t enter into the equation.” The room seemed to accept that but someone noticed that it appeared Goggins didn’t and asked him about it. He responded “There’s something to be said for living it instead of studying it. What you said is true for most people, but not 100 percent. There will always be the 1 percent of us who are willing to put in the work to defy the odds.” That really sums up the story of this book.
Another of the strongest moments in the book for me is when, as a teen and having transformed into the thug that the school he was going to transformed him in to, he looks in the mirror and realizes that if he is to become something in life that looking the way he looks and sounding the we sounds and acting the way he is acting is not going to get him to where he wants to go so he changes it that night. After that changes happen and the up and down journey really begins.
I will not recap much further because the book says it all. Trust me though when I say you will be hard pressed to find a book full of more inspiration for overcoming seemingly impossible tasks and so I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for that inspiration or just wanting to read a great biography. If it were possible, 6 STARS.