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Idea #27 - Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

“I don’t stop when I am tired, I stop when I am done.” - David Goggins

David Goggins, an American ultramarathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, triathlete, public speaker, and author has been an inspiration to millions for decades now. He is now a retired United States Navy SEAL and former United States Air Force Tactical Air Control Party member who also served in the Iraq War.

Known as the “toughest man alive,” David Goggins, instead of seeing himself as a victim of circumstance and falling into an abyss of self pity and helplessness, has with perpetual determination and passion, hardwired his brain and fixated his mindset on being nothing but the greatest.

In his memoir, Can’t Hurt Me: Master your Mind and defy the Odds, he encourages every individual to look within and reassures them what they think is their best is not merely half of what they are truly capable of. He shares his failures and milestones with the world, reminding us that our calloused minds can do more good to ourselves than simply harbouring resentment towards the world.

We discussed his four strategies to become the best version of ourselves:

  1. The Accountability Mirror: Be honest. See the BEAUTY of what’s behind the blatant flaws you might be trying to ignore and know that the only way to get to work bringing that potential to life is to start chipping away at the stuff that’s in the way. And the only way to do THAT is to tell yourself the truth.

  2. Do something that makes you uncomfortable: We all took up the challenge to challenge ourselves everyday. Real growth takes place outside our comfort zone and to achieve this, do something that you makes you uncomfortable - whether its running that extra mile or going cold-turkey, just do it.

  3. Bring your best when you feel your worst: Create a system that reminds you who you are, pick yourself up when you fall because we are only capable of living upto the image we creative for ourselves.

  4. Heroic Soul Callouses: Until you experience hardships like abuse and bullying, failures and disappointments, your mind will remain soft and exposed. Life experience, especially negative experiences, help callous the mind.

His memoir, has the above-mentioned strategies and so much more - straight from his own lived experiences that will push you to live better and be better.

Written By: Arya Kastwar

Curated By: Hetvi Kamdar


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