Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins

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Has anyone read his book, if so, would you recommend it? I've heard some say it's a good read, others say they think it's all over the place and put together awfully.
 

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Why don't you read it and give us your opinion? Make your own opinion of it, rather than read something approved by someone else.

Make notes as you read. Questions, comments, snark, feelings as you read, this isn't a school assignment, this is a lesson in critical thinking/reading. What matters is what goes on in your brain, not what we think.

I've put it on hold at the library, so I'll let you know when I've read it and we can discuss it.

Have fun!

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Hey, I read Can't Hurt Me as soon as it came out and man, do I tell you... It was phenomenal. The shit that man went through and came out basically on top of the world. If you're looking for something to give you guidelines on how to deal with the shit life throws you, that's the book for you.

At the beginning of the book, he starts off by talking about his childhood and school life. Ends up talking about spraying for cockroaches after being in the Air Force, and then goes into very elaborate detail about his life as a Navy SEAL. He then talks about trying out for Green Team and starting to run ultra marathons. He also talks about trying out for Delta Force and going through Ranger School. He discusses some medical issues that has to do with his heart and talks about his pull-up record. It's very detailed and minute. Some may think he dwells too much on certain details; however, I think it does the topics justice.

Anywho, that just my opinion. It is a very good read and well worth anyone's time.
 

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I ordered it on Monday, it was sitting waiting for me today after I came home from work, also, a book discussion club sounds rad. Will surely dive in and finish ASAP, will update!
 

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I can definitely relate to that mentality. Going through hardships makes you stronger, and allows you to grow as a person. Also you get a new respect for just "normal life." Goggins really hits the nail on the head with how he able to provoke self-reflecting thoughts for individual betterment.
 

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Read it as soon as it came out. It's amazing the stuff people go through and come out on top. It's a must read.
 

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I finished the book, currently re-reading to see if I missed anything/ re-experience Goggins' story. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone. If you're going through a rut, no matter what kind, this book will not "motivate" you to do better. It will re-ignite a fire within you to overcome any obstacles and accomplish your goal(s) Goggins' is an excellent author and wrote a damn good book. Also, there's a few pictures, I'm sure some here would appreciate that. 10/10.
 

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I finished the book, currently re-reading to see if I missed anything/ re-experience Goggins' story. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone. If you're going through a rut, no matter what kind, this book will not "motivate" you to do better. It will re-ignite a fire within you to overcome any obstacles and accomplish your goal(s) Goggins' is an excellent author and wrote a damn good book. Also, there's a few pictures, I'm sure some here would appreciate that. 10/10.
Nicely done!

Based upon this recommendation, I'm really looking forward to reading it. I'll let you know what I think of it.

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There is ALOT of cussing but it becomes acceptable and tolerable in the 3rd chapter. Definitely not your typical SEAL hey look at me autobiography
 

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@coolusername I believe the way he uses it is to captivate emotions, and not derogatory or disrespectful - His book isn't a "tell-all autobiography," He really did well with introducing himself, his backstory prior to enlisting in the Air Force - then Navy. I don't believe there were any combat stories, just how he got to where he was. Through his experiences, the reader feels as if they too are capable of changing a bad situation into a good one, Goggins main driving point throughout the entire book.
 

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@coolusername I believe the way he uses it is to captivate emotions, and not derogatory or disrespectful - His book isn't a "tell-all autobiography," He really did well with introducing himself, his backstory prior to enlisting in the Air Force - then Navy. I don't believe there were any combat stories, just how he got to where he was. Through his experiences, the reader feels as if they too are capable of changing a bad situation into a good one, Goggins main driving point throughout the entire book.
@Bambi I know I meant it as that its not the typical SEAL hey look at the cool stuff I did book. Most SEAL books (Not knocking the SEALS at all, I am guilty as charged for buying those books.) are about the cool XYZ missions they did and not much more. And I agree with you about the cussing. It's not derogatory at all. Just that I thought it was unnecessary until I got to the 3rd chapter that I became Ok with it.
 

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Got tired of waiting on the library copy, but our local independent bookstore had it in stock so I broke down and bought a new copy. Don't do that very often...

The Troll stole it! As recompense he has to contribute on this thread. 8-) @x SF med

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This book could cause a few offshoot threads about the overlooked mental aspect of life, especially SOF Training. You always hear 90% of it is Mental, it would be interesting to see how people form their Mental Fitness and stay Fit in that aspect.
 

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Finished this book a couple weeks back, picked it up after seeing this thread; thanks for recommendation. Goggins is a very interesting person. I found myself relating to quite a bit.

Some of the positive stuff, and some negative as usual. Goggins mentions stepping outside your comfort zones and throwing yourself to the wolves to try something new, while I agree with him I couldn't help but think that he may have acquired new skills foreign to him, but doing hard shit had been a talent of his from the get go. In a way the only time he stepped out is when he became a pest killer and had been able to become complacent that he was truly out of his element.

Something I did relate to is what I interpreted as criticism of those who aren't "on the level" so to speak. Whatever it may be. Goggins missed out on some opportunities because of that separation he created between him and others. Where his feats and mentality could've been used to enhance relationships; a hard charging, no bullshit mentality doesn't nurture all types of relationships. Something that I struggle with myself, albeit on a different scale. It's a work in progress.

Another thing I found interesting was the humility encountered when Mr. Goggins' entry into one of the most highly cloistered Units ever, because he -if I remember correctly- wasn't minding his P's and Q's and over shot a point on the land nav.


Very interesting book, would definitely continue recommending it if one is interested in books about personal experiences with a healthy dose of motivation.
 
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