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“The most important conversations you’ll ever have are the ones you’ll have with yourself.”—David Goggins

Can't Hurt Me

Can't Hurt Me

by David Goggins


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The 40% Rule

  • Most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. When your mind is telling you that you’re done, completely exhausted and not able to go any further, you’re only at about 40% of your potential. When you get to the 40%, you need to tap into a hidden reserve or energy and motivation.
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Life Doesn’t Always Go Your Way

… so if you start thinking that it will, you’ll be disappointed and less effective. Instead of focusing on what you think you deserve, figure out what you want and be willing to pay the dues required to get it.

No One Is Going To Help You

If you want something, YOU have to go after it. Don’t wait for someone else to give you the opportunity. Don’t wait for someone else to help you. If it’s your dream, it’s on YOU. If you wait, you’ll be waiting until you’re on your deathbed if you don’t take actio...

Progress Is Motivating

Even if you have big dreams, you need to start with small victories. Those small victories will provide the fuel you need for the bigger fire you want to build. Find ways to set up milestones along the way that will keep you going. Progress is one of the most mot...


“We all need small sparks, small accomplishments in our lives to fuel the big ones.”

Life is Not Easy

There is pain, sadness, humiliation, hardship, failed dreams, death, and everyday ups and downs. To be great in life, you need to be prepared to confront this suffering. If you resist it, you’ll cause yourself even more pain. Embrace and get comfortable with the pain

Forget The Quick-Fixes

Don’t fall for the alluring trap of quick-fix (temporary or inadequate solution to a problem) life hacks. You need to learn how to harness talent, hard work, passion, and obsession to relentlessly pursue your goals. To do this well, you need to master you...

Be A Warrior

Be the 1% of people willing to do what it takes. Be the warrior. The warrior trains, battles, and never backs down. If you want to achieve the unachievable, being a warrior is the only way.

Pain is the way

Pain unlocks the pathway to optimal performance. You have to become friends with pain, instead of running away from it. 


“Pain unlocks a secret doorway in the mind, one that leads to both peak performance, and beautiful silence.”

Extra Step

To start living your life at full capacity, embrace the “discomfort zone” by pushing past your comfort zone incrementally, bit by bit.

For example: if you feel like giving up after 10 pushups, push yourself to do 2 more. And next time, push yourself to do more, and so on.

What If?

Next time you’re inspired to do something, but feel that sense of self-doubt start kicking in, stop yourself and ask:

“What if I did _____?” Fill in the blank with what you want to do.

Then, think about this: What would a successful outcome look like?


  1. Look into it on a daily basis and tell yourself the truth about where you are and where you want to be.
  2. Write down your goals.
  3. Hold yourself accountable to your goals on a daily basis.


“The ticket to victory often comes down to bringing your very best when you feel your worst.”

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The words of David Goggins resonate with me on a level that I cannot quite describe. I understand what it is to watch people suffer and fail because they did not believe in themselves. I understand what it is to watch people waste their lives and fuck up time and time again. I will not walk that path.



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