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Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

(10 customer reviews)

by David Goggins

Synopsis

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare – poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world’s top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him The Fittest (Real) Man in America. In Can’t Hurt Me, he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.

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For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare – poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world’s top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him The Fittest (Real) Man in America.

In Can’t Hurt Me, he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.

An annotated edition of Can’t Hurt Me, offering over two hours of bonus content featuring deeper insights and never-before-told stories shared by David. Not available in other formats.

10 reviews for Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

  1. Amazon Customer

    I think this would have been a much better read if he could have left out a large amount of the foul language. I understand it’s who he is and most likely how he talks in real life, but it was over the top. I’ve read other books by military members or Navy seals and always know I’ll have to over look a lot of language, but this was really excessive and over powering in this book. I wanted my boys to read this book and I love to share good books on social media and/or with my friends, but I won’t be encouraging anyone to read this book simply because the language is really too intense. To a point where it’s vulgar and embarrassing to recommend. Was disappointed. 🙁

  2. Ismael

    He cusses too much and it ruins reading the book. Felt like I got ripped off buying the book . Made a bad mistake even reading book. What a waste of a triumph due to cussing.

  3. Daniel

    I’ll keep this short and simple… this book will not give you motivation… It will instead give you the tools to change your life once and for all. It’s so powerful I purchased the hard copy and the audiobook. Extra note: the audiobook comes with lots of great bonus material in every chapter…. it’s worth getting even if you have a hard copy. Buy it, read it, listen to it, share it… change your life.

  4. Mario F.

    I never write reviews. However, I cannot put down this damn book. I listened to all of Goggin’s podcast on Rogan, etc. and was hesitant to buy this because I thought I already knew his story. There is so much more going on in this book. You need get it.

  5. Kevin

    As David gets vulnerable and reveals his life story. I began to cry as he detailed his brutal childhood. It got me thinking I don’t have any excuse to be mediocre… Soon after that David tells to story of getting to BUDS and has me laughing as he explains the physical brutality that he learned to laugh his way through. It got me thinking again, I don’t have any excuse to be mediocre. All through this book, David’s life experience revealed that everything is a mind game and the more I can find a reason for being, then motivation, willpower, opinions, and fear all become irrelevant. The audio book has commentary between chapters that brings these stories to life. David does an incredible job and this book has changed the trajectory of my life. The 10 challenges are underway and I am excited to see where they take me. You will cry, you will laugh, you will ask yourself “am I capable of more?” and if you are like me, you will say yes and get to work… FWIW, I highly recommend this book

  6. JMc

    This book is different than the generic self help books that we have all read. David didn’t just regurgitate what everyone else said about self improvement. He invented his own methods through trial and error. He is also not afraid to tap into something that our society has just about eliminated, negative reinforcement. My self-improvement journey was always hindered by too much positive reinforcement throughout my life. There is a place for this, but sometimes you just have to look in the mirror and call yourself out with brutal honesty, David literally does this daily.This book is as much an amazing story as it is a self-help book.

  7. silviu

    This book is more than just another self-help book. David Goggins is the real deal; a man who came from struggle and hardship, accomplished many impressive feats and became one of the toughest men alive. In this book he lays out his life story, with all the hardships he faced and how he came out stronger for it. With this book he doesn’t just offer short term motivation but rather a deep shift in your mindset that will help you achieve your fullest potential, as long as you’re willing to put in the work. After reading this book I finally understand what was wrong with my mentality and I can safely say that I now have a new attitude towards life and achieving my goals. Now I understand what it takes to live up to your full potential, which is something that 99% of people are never quite able to do. Here’s a hint- it doesn’t happen without suffering. This book is worth its weight in gold.

  8. Melanie L. Currier

    I had read several great reviews on this book and was really looking forward to hearing his story and message. I bought the book specifically for my pre-teen son. I will NOT be giving it to my son however. I can get past the use of the F-word but what I found most disturbing was the use of the word P*ssy and vagina in much of his self-criticizing talk. Some of the instructors also use this language when purposefully demeaning the men in their training. While it very well might have been said, I do not think these particular things should have been shared. I find the use of these words very misogynistic. If all of the uses of these words/phrases were left out of the book, his message would be so much more clear, uplifting and honestly believable. But hearing them over and over lowered my respect for him and ruined the message he is trying to convey. Parents/Grandparents/Caregivers- This is NOT a book you want to give pre-teens/teens who’s societal views are still being shaped.

  9. Amazon Customer

    This man is obviously tough, both mentally and physically I admire him and I suppose envy him a bit. But I found the way he apparently struggles to inject foul language into his writing very distasteful and somewhat odd. Use wasn’t even natural. This annoyed me enough that I just gave the book away after 40 or so pages. It would be nice to see a man emerge from such horrors a gentleman enough not to, in writing, express love for a nun’s “thug ass”. This guy could apparently do ANYTHING how about stop cursing. Here and there …fine. But this book reads as ridiculous in enough places, within 40 pages, that I lost interest.

  10. FindPrimal

    I bought Can’t Hurt Me after tuning into the Rich Roll podcast recently when David Goggins was a guest. I’d also heard him about a year ago so was already familiar with his story. As a 55 year old competitive female endurance athlete, I thought I might glean some useful tidbits and possibly some inspirational insights from the book. Although the in-depth description of Navy Seal training was interesting, and the book was well written, I have to say that for a guy who writes incessantly about feeling “stupid” and prejudiced against, he doesn’t do much to rise above (or lead by example) by lacing every page with non-stop profanity. I intensely disliked his various descriptions of female genitalia as a synonym for weakness. I get that it was Drill Sargent talk during Seal Training but Goggins defaults to it as self talk whenever he’s experiencing a low point in a race, and that’s on him. It’s actually disturbing that he can drum up adrenaline that way. In addition, while some of the points of this book are valid (as in how much time people waste on social media and watching television, yet complain that they don’t have time to exercise ), Goggins seems truly addicted to pain and suffering and doesn’t actually seem to be able to feel any other emotion. He is self-proclaimed “the badest mother-f*****” on the planet, and those words are repeated over and over throughout the book. Yawn. He perpetually overtrains with zero regard for how it’s affecting his body. No wonder he crashed and burned and trashed his adrenals. He’s lucky to be alive. This was more an autobiography of a tormented man who can’t feel happiness so seeks out endless pain to validate his existence, and is cheering the reader on to seek out the same. I understand the mental game of endurance but feel Goggins takes it to an extremely unhealthy level. You only get this one body. If you unnecessarily destroy it, what then?

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