Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins: Summary & Notes

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David Goggins wrote this book. He is considered as toughest man on earth. We will discuss an amazing book, Can’t hurt me: Your Mind and Defy by David Goggins.

Introduction of Can’t Hurt Me

The name says it all. Master your minds and defy the odds. This book is about a guy who got bullied, beaten, and abused in his childhood. He was overweight, not so good in school, and felt like a failure. But one day, everything changed. And this guy turned out to be David Goggins.

Can’t hurt me is about how David Goggins transformed himself into one of the best America’s fittest athletes by self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, which went from being overweight and depressed to becoming a record-breaker athlete inspiring military leader, and world-class personal trainer.

When it comes to getting fit, a lot of us find excuses. We are too busy and sleep in; we don’t feel like it. But what happens when we stop making excuses. David Goggins stopped making excuses and started giving life 100%

If you’ve heard his name, it’s probably because of those former Air Force Servicemen and Navy SEALs. And he also broke the Guinness World Record for most-pulls ups in 24 hours. He is a record-setting athlete who’s completed 60 ultra-marathons, triathlons, and ultra-triathlons. He is one of the toughest people alive.

Over the years, David Goggins has learned many important lessons, which he has stated in his book, which we will understand in detail.

Overview of Can’t Hurt Me

There are 11 chapters in Can’t Hurt Me , and a challenge has been given with each chapter which David wants if we are serious about life, then by accepting those challenges implement them in our life.

CHAPTER 1: I SHOULD HAVE BEEN A STATISTIC

Born in Newyork in 1975, Goggins didn’t have the typically carefree childhood that many people experience. Instead of playing outside with friends and living innocently among his peers, Goggins was a slave to his abusive father. His father was manipulative and abusive toward their family, especially their mom. His dad was violent and beat them all frequently. He also didn’t believe in spending money on anything that didn’t benefit himself. None of them ever went to the doctor or dentist—the sister who taught her kindergarten education. It also taught him that you shouldn’t judge a smile or scowl because his father smiled a lot but didn’t care about him. At the same time, his sister scowled but cared so much about him. This was his childhood.

Challenges

  • Write out a list of what is challenging to you.
  • What problems and limitations do you encounter.
  • What excuses are you making? Don’t back hold. Don’t be nice to yourself.

CHAPTER 2: TRUTH HURTS

Se life is tough. So doesn’t expect it to be fair. What’s happening to you is because of you. Hold Yourself accountable for everything else you will lose control of. If you think people are responsible for your failure, people control your life; this is a dangerous thing to think about. People don’t control your life, and only you are accountable for your life. Goggins says that a new ritual was born in his life.

The only way we can change is to be real with ourselves. Call yourself out! Develop an obsession for learning. Live with purpose.

Challenges

So now, it’s time to come eyeball to eyeball with yourself. Write all your insecurities, dreams, and goals on the post-Its tag up your mirror.

CHAPTER 3: THE IMPOSSIBLE TASK

Now he was brainwashed into craving discomfort.

We have been taught by society that we should not suffer. Suffering is bad; live with pleasure, even we are taught that we will get heaven after death. But the truth is there is no heaven without dying. The thing is simple: you need to challenge yourself and put yourself into difficult situations. Unless iron got forged, how could it be rashed? If Govind didn’t live with his own high standards, he had to suffer the consequence of being in the accountability mirror. But this kept him on track.

An important lesson for us is to disgrace comfort. Find something discomforting to do. And soon, we will become tougher.

Challenges

  • The challenge for you is stepping outside your comfort zone on a regular basis.
  • Do out your journal and write down all the things you don’t like to do or that make you uncomfortable.
  • Especially those things you know are good for you.

CHAPTER 4: TAKING SOULS

This chapter discusses mindset, mental toughness, set back perspective. There is a saying; it’s all in your mindset. Everything in life is a mind game. David recalls Hell Week during his SEALs training, both mentally and physically demanding. According to David, the Taking Soul concept was crucial in psyching up his team and getting them reenergized. There was an instructor whom David calls psyche Pete; he was so cruel to David and his team. As his team leader, David didn’t work to show any weakness, and he worked hard to ensure that team was motivated. Even though he was nursing a knee injury, David still participated vigorously in the exercise and led his team to win the race.

Challenges

Choose a competitive situation that you’re in right now. Who is your opponent? Is it your teacher, boss, or an unruly client? No matter how they are treating you, there is one way not only to earn their respect but turn the tables, and that’s excellence.

CHAPTER 5: ARMORED MIND

Hell Week is designed to show you that a human can do much more than you know. It opens your mind to the true possibilities of human potential, which come with a change in your mentality. You no longer fear cold water or doing push-ups all day. You realize that they will never break you no matter what they do to you.

To develop an armored mind, a mindset so calloused and hard that it becomes bulletproof, you need to go to the source of all your fears and insecurities. His leg was broken, his instructor was cruel to him, everybody thought he could not complete the hell week, but this man David Goggins showed everybody what an armored mind could do.

He says if you accept the pain as a natural process and refuse to give in and give up. You have to put effort, work, and friction into anything you want to change and improve in life. Your disadvantages will make your story even better.

Challanges

  • Imagine visualizing the things you can change.
  • Set a goal and visualize overcoming or achieving it.
  • Imagine what this success will look and feel like.
  • Also, visualize the obstacles you will encounter along the way.
  • Incorporate visualization into your daily encounter with your accountability mirror.
  • Accomplish something you previously taught was impossible, and understand why you are pushing yourself toward a certain goal.

CHAPTER 6: IT’S NOT ABOUT A TROPHY

Meet David Goggins, who attempted to run a 100-mile marathon using the cookie jar method when he had not run more than 1 mile in the previous six months. Goggins was part of US NAVY SEALs; he was fit, not a runner of any sort. In this chapter, Goggins tells us about the cookie jar method
to motivate ourselves. This cookie jar method uses your past achievements o motivate yourself when you’re struggling. You make a list of all the victories along with obstacles and challenges you overcome. Together they serve as an imaginary jar to remind and motivate yourself of what you have achieved in life.

Challenges

  • Take Inventory of cookie jar, your past wins or success, no matter how big or small.
  • Not just achievements but also obstacles you’ve overcome.
  • Take Inventory of cookie jar, your past wins or success, no matter how big or small.
  • Not just achievements but also obstacles you’ve overcome.
  • The most powerful we have is our mind.

CHAPTER 7: THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON 

We habitually settle for less than our best; at work, in school, in our relationships, or on a playing field or racecourse. We settle as individuals, and we teach our children to settle for less than their best, and all out of that ripples out, merges, and multiplies within our communities and society.

Goggins says I love waking up at 5 pm and starting work within three hours of cardio already at work while most of my teammates hadn’t even finished their coffee. It gives me a better edge, self-awareness,
and a ton of self-confidence, which made me a better SEAL instructor. Getting up early makes you better at all facets of your life.

Challenges

There is so much pain and suffering involved in physical activities that it’s the best training to take command of your inner dialogue, and the newfound mental strength and confidence you gain by continuing to push yourself physically will carry over to other aspects of your life. The bottom line is that life is a big mind game. The only person you are playing against is yourself. So make yourself better, wake up early and do some physical training; it will make you physically strong and strengthen you mentally.

CHAPTER 8: TALENT NOT REQUIRED

Goggins says my work ethic is the single most important factor in my accomplishments. Everything else is secondary, and when it comes to hard work, whether in the gym or on the job, the 40% rule applies. To me, a forty-hour work is a 40 percent effort. It may be satisfactory, but that’s another word for mediocrity. Don’t settle for a forty-hour workweek. There are 168 hours in a week! That means. You have the hours to put in that extra time at work without skimping on your exercise. It means streamlining your nutrition spending quality time with your family. It means scheduling your life like you’re on a forty-hour mission every single day.

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

Challenges

  • Compartmentalize your day instead of being a mistaker.
  • Document your work in full detail of what you can spend your time on.
  • Build an optimal schedule and lock everything into place in 15-30 minutes blocks.
  • Put your full focus into each thing. Make note of timestamps.
  • You should have a working schedule that you maximize your efforts without sacrificing your sleep.

CHAPTER 9: UNCOMMON AGAINST UNCOMMON

Goggins loved going to Ranger School because no matter who you were in the outside world, you started from the beginning all over again. No matter what we achieve in life, we can’t be satisfied. Life is too dynamic of a game; we are either getting better or worse. We should celebrate our victories, but once it lies down, we need to make new goals and new routines and start at zero the very next day.

Challenges

Do whatever you have to do to stand out amongst the people around you. If the people around you are already doing good and on the top, do what you have to do to be #1.

CHAPTER 10: THE EMPOWERMENT OF FAILURE

Goggins was about to pass Delta training but blew it because he was unfocused for a little bit. After his failed world record pull-up attempts, he did an after-action report(AAR). This is crucial to do a post-mortem of your work no matter how the mission went, fine or not. It will show you a new direction.

Goggins says I love waking up at 5 pm and starting work within three hours of cardio already at work while most of my teammates hadn’t even finished their coffee. It gives me a better edge, self-awareness, and a ton of self-confidence, which made me a better SEAL instructor. Getting up early makes you better at all facets of your life.

Challenges

There is so much pain and suffering involved in physical activities that it’s the best training to take command of your inner dialogue, and the newfound mental strength and confidence you gain by continuing to push yourself physically will carry over to other aspects of your life. The bottom line is that life is a big mind game. The only person you are playing against is yourself. So make yourself better, wake up early and do some physical training; it will make you physically strong and strengthen you mentally.

CHAPTER 11: WHAT IF?

Goggins says my work ethic is the single most important factor in my accomplishments. Everything else is secondary, and when it comes to hard work, whether in the gym or on the job, the 40% rule applies. To me, a forty-hour work is a 40 percent effort. It may be satisfactory, but that’s another word for mediocrity. Don’t settle for a forty-hour workweek. There are 168 hours in a week! That means. You have the hours to put in that extra time at work without skimping on your exercise. It means streamlining your nutrition spending quality time with your family. It means scheduling your life like you’re on a forty-hour mission every single day.

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

Challenges

  • Compartmentalize your day instead of being a mistaker.
  • Document your work in full detail of what you can spend your time on.
  • Build an optimal schedule and lock everything into place in 15-30 minutes blocks.
  • Put your full focus into each thing. Make note of timestamps.
  • You should have a working schedule that you maximize your efforts without sacrificing your sleep.

Uncommon amongst Uncommon (9)

Goggins loved going to Ranger School because no matter who you were in the outside world, you started from the beginning all over again. No matter what we achieve in life, we can’t be satisfied. Life is too dynamic of a game; we are either getting better or worse. We should celebrate our victories, but once it lies down, we need to make new goals and new routines and start at zero the very next day.

Challenge

Do whatever you have to do to stand out amongst the people around you. If the people around you are already doing good and on the top, do what you have to do to be #1.

The Empowerment of Failure (10)

Goggins was about to pass Delta training but blew it because he was unfocused for a little bit. After his failed world record pull-up attempts, he did an after-action report(AAR). This is crucial to do a post-mortem of your work no matter how the mission went, fine or not. It will show you a new direction.

We need to surround ourselves with people who tell us what we need to hear, not what we want to hear. But at the same time, not make us feel like we’re up against the impossible. Failure is just a stepping stone to future success. Most wars are won or lost in our own heads, and when we are in a foxhole, we usually aren’t alone; our thoughts are always with us, so observe them consciously, don’t let them ruin you.

When Roger Bannister was trying to break the four-minute mile in 1950, experts told him who couldn’t do it, but that didn’t stop him. He failed again and again, but he persevered, and when he ran his historic mile in 3:59.4 on May 6, 1954, he didn’t just break a record; he broke open the floodgates simply by providing it possibly.

Six weeks later, someone eclipsed his record, and by now, over 1,000 runners have done what was once thought to be beyond human capability.

Challenge

Write out all of your failures. Everything that came from your failures. Describe how you handled your failures. Go back through and make a list of the things you can fix. This is your After Action Report(AAR).
Go to your calendar and schedule in time to give it another attempt ASAP.

CHAPTER 11: WHAT IF?

The Buddha famously said that life is suffering. I’m not a Buddhist, but I know what he meant, and so do you. We must contend with humiliation, broken dreams, sadness, and loss to exist in this world. That’s just nature. Each specific life comes with its own personalized portion of pain. It’s coming for you. You can’t stop it. And you also know it. It’s not the external voice that will break you down. It’s what you tell yourself that matters. The most important conversations you”ll ever have are the ones you”ll have with yourself.

Challenges

Whenever you feel like giving up, ask yourself, what if I don’t give up, what if I defy all the odds, What If I keep pushing myself? And see what your inner self tells you. You will definitely come up with a more determined mindset. Use this what-if approach in every aspect of your life.

Famous Quotes from Can’t Hurt Me

1) Seek out pain, fall in love with suffering.
I sought out pain, fell in love with suffering, and eventually transformed myself from the weakest piece of shit on the planet into the hardest.

2) The worst condition is the best training conditions.
From then on, Goggins says I brainwashed myself into craving discomfort. If it were raining, I would run. Whenever it started snowing, my mind would say, get your fucking running shoes on and get ready for the run.

3)Master your mind.
Only you can master your mind, which is what it takes to live a bold life filled with accomplishments most people consider beyond their capability.

4) Turn adversity into fuel for your metamorphosis. Because when you’re driven, whatever is in front of you, whether it’s racism, injuries, divorce, depression, obesity, tragedy, or poverty, becomes fuel for metamorphosis.

5) Confidence with your personal accountability.
Goggins says By the time I graduated, I knew that the confidence I’d managed to develop didn’t come from a perfect family or God-given talent. It came from personal accountability, which brought me self-respect, and self-respect will always light a way forward.

6) Yeh, you need to train more.
Goggins says I loved waking up at 5 a.m and working with three hours of cardio. It gives me a mental edge, a better sense and self-awareness, and a ton of self-confidence, which made me a better SEAL instructor. That’s what getting up early will do for you. It makes you better at all facets of your life.

7) Write down what makes you uncomfortable and do it. Dig out your journal again and write down all the things you don’t like to do or that make you uncomfortable. Especially those things you know are good for you. Now go and start doing it one by one.

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