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Can't Hurt Me

By: David Goggins
Narrated by: David Goggins,Adam Skolnick
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New York Times best-seller. Over five million copies sold

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 percent 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.

©2018 Goggins Built Not Born, LLC (P)2018 Goggins Built Not Born, LLC

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I was the ultimate underdog.
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The hero is you.
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About the Creator

David Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL and is the only member of the US Armed Forces to complete SEAL training (including two Hell Weeks), the US Army Ranger school (where he graduated as Enlisted Honor Man), and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training.

An accomplished endurance athlete, Goggins has completed more than 60 ultra-marathons, triathlons, and ultra-triathlons, setting new course records and regularly placing in the top five. He once held the Guinness World Record for pull-ups, completing 4,030 in 17 hours. He’s now a public speaker and has shared his story with hundreds of thousands of students across the country, numerous professional sports teams, and the staff at Fortune 500 companies.

About the Co-Creator

Adam Skolnick is an author and journalist covering sports, adventure, travel, the environment, and human rights. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Outside, Lonely Planet, BBC.com, ESPN.com, and Wired.

Featured Article: 30+ of the Best Quotes from David Goggins for When You Need a Dose of Inspiration


David Goggins, former Navy SEAL and internationally renowned endurance athlete, certainly has a world of expertise when it comes to strength and perseverance. He’s been well acquainted with pain and adversity—from poverty and abuse in childhood to racism—and both success and failure. Life is not easy, Goggins knows and stresses, but your decisions and your mindset can go a long way towards improving your happiness.

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Opting for the book instead

The audio book is unique in that in between reading chapters, the narrator/co-author interviews David. Overall, it's interesting as a break between chapters. I'm actually returning the audisobook and buying the book instead because there are exercises after every chapter, photos referenced, and there was no audiobook supplement. Feel like that was a major miss that should be rectified for this audiobook.

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It starts out great, inspiring. But then....

I really enjoyed the first half, maybe the first 2/3 of this book. Mr. Goggins is inspiring. The difficulties he overcame make him an incredible role model.

But as we got into the ultra marathon stories and the pull-up stories, I seriously began to wonder if the man was a masochist. I do not want to be like that. Not ever. Yes, goals are important, but I will not sacrifice my body and literally exercise myself to the grave. I'm not into massive blood blisters, pushing until collapse, hospitalization, and near-death just to be the best at something. Kudos to him for being able to push that far, but honestly, I don't see the merit.

I would rather live a long, healthy, well-rounded life. I set goals, I achieve them. I am exceptional at everything I do, but there is absolutely no reason to sacrifice my body to be the very best at one single thing.

I struggled to finish the book once we reached the ultra-marathon stage. I no longer wished to be like Mr. Goggins. Do I still admire him? Absolutely. Was the story compelling? Yes. Would I read it again? Probably not.

Mr. Goggins, if by any chance you ever read this review, please know you are awe-inspiring. Not completely what I want to emulate, but that's just me. Thank you for the book. Go on with your bad self.

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STAY HARD

Goggins is one of a kind. There is no one better at helping you understand how to maximize your potential, how to not limit yourself, how to get and stay hard. I will read/listen to anything involving Goggins and have been waiting for this book since it was announced.

If you’ve heard/read about “Living with a Seal” David Goggins is the unnamed Navy Seal in that book. Now you can finally hear his full story.

Get this without thinking twice.

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This guy will change your life!

I first heard about David Goggins through Joe Rogan’s podcast. I’ve listened to his interview with him at least a dozen times. Through following David Goggins on social media, I learned he was writing a book. After much anticipation, the audiobook is finally out! I’ve already pre ordered my kindle copy from Amazon once the book is officially released dec, 4. I have no doubt that this audio version will be on repeat. This guy has put so many mantras in my head that constantly motivate me to “get after it.” I’ve even considered getting a tattoo of “uncivilized” (something that David explains) somewhere on my body to always remember to be unstoppable and be hungry for more. I hope his words will inspire you to find out something you don’t already know about yourself. They have for me. David, if you’re reading this, thank you! You’ve certainly made an impact on my life!

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Master your mind!

The most powerful people are not the ones who control others, it is those who can control themselves. Thank you David for sharing your story. - @Ricky_Arenas

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Life changing

I'm only half way thru this listening to this book, its simply life changing. David tells it like it is, no more BS excuses for whatever your using them for..Thank you for putting this book out here to help us SIR

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Got me out of my own head- AMAZING!

Amazing audiobook unlike any other I have heard. While it is an audiobook, it also offers elements of a podcast! Truly engaging and forced me to look at my problems and challenges in life in a very different way.

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Overcoming all obstacles

I liked the format of this audio book. It combines Mr. Goggins himself, Mr. Skolnick, a narrator/collaborator, Mr. Goggins’ autobiography, his self analysis, a podcast format, and guidance for readers who wish to improve their lives. The interaction between Mr. Goggins and Mr. Skolnick adds a fresh element to the entire presentation. Clearly Mr. Goggins has confronted and overcome significant obstacles in his lifetime and can serve as an inspiration to all of us. That said, not everyone will feel the need to take self improvement to the nth degree, as did Mr. Goggins. I was somewhat put off by his drive to compete constantly. It didn’t seem like Mr. Goggins’ striving to be the best left much time for a personal life. But his path doesn’t apply to everyone, though aspects of it surely do. The story of his life still has much value for readers and listeners. I’m glad I listened to his book.

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Delusions and distortions

I didn’t like how the story was told.
With a constant focus on disadvantage points, not following a cronologica order, and constantly inviting people to push themself, even with injuries in their bodies.

The end is funny, with the author being so good that even his god has to re-evaluate the plans made for him.

Discipline wins over motivation. Thousands have said it before Goggins. There is nothing new in this book.

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Looking into the mirror...

Holding yourself accountable. David Goggins is an American Hero. I am grateful to him and others for serving our country and fighting for our freedom. Thank you David for telling it like it is and showing everyone else that they are their own hero, they are held accountable. Celebrate your small successes and get after it, just understand it will be the hardest thing you have ever done because you are in your own way. No excuses, doesn't matter who you are. Period.

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