This article is going to be about pushing your limits. A very good example of a person who pushed past all limits and defied the odds is David Goggins, author of “Can’t Hurt Me.” David spent some of his childhood years in a nice house in a fairly wealthy neighborhood in a nice two-story house. It wasn’t until he started going to school that he realized it was going to be hell on earth. Going to school every day with white kids yelling racial slurs, constantly picking on him for being black, and beating him up only added to the demons he already had. His father was very abusive – physically, and mentally. He beat his wife too and constantly cheated on her. David and his brother were forced to work overnight shifts at the skating rink that his dad operated. As soon as it closed down for the night, he, his brother, and his mom would spend the rest of the night until sunrise cleaning and preparing it for the next day and would get nothing in return. After an extremely rough childhood, David felt worthless and took up a job as an exterminator and worked nights and over the next few years gained over 100 lbs. When he realizes that he is a failure by his own definition, he tries to join the navy seals. They tell him to lose some weight and call back when he does. He failed at that too. Eventually, enough was enough for him and he was determined to lose the weight and be a navy seal. His breaking point was when he was spraying for bugs at a restaurant and a raccoon hissed at him from behind the dumpster. He went home and ran a few miles and turned on his favorite movie, Rocky. Watched his favorite fight ever and that set a spark inside of him. One that can never be put out. He eventually lost the weight and joined the Navy. After failing BUDS training twice due to injuries, he finally got through and became a Navy Seal. He is now the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces ever to complete SEAL training, U.S. Army Ranger School, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training. David has now run over 60 ultra-marathons and holds the world record for most pull-ups, doing 4,030 in 17 hours.
Throughout the book, David has the reader do certain challenges that he did when he was going through it, such as putting sticky notes on your mirror and doing certain things to face your fears and get to the root of your problems. David Goggins is somebody who has calloused his own mind and broke the habit of giving up. Everything that he dealt with as a child, he used for fuel to reach his goals and make something out of himself. I give this book a 10/10 and I will be posting a link down below on where to order it.
“I tried to do so many things to fit in. But when you look in the mirror, that’s the one person you can’t lie to.” – David Goggins
-Joey at DyeHard