Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind & Defy the Odds

Author: Victoria Cohen

Our professional development book club met this November to discuss our most controversial read thus far – “Can’t Hurt Me,” an autobiography written by David Goggins. For those who are not familiar, David Goggins is a former navy seal, ultra-marathon runner and record-breaking athlete who transformed his former life from obesity, poverty, racism and abuse. 

While David Goggin’s work ethic is unparalleled and at times, extreme – from finishing a 100-mile race on broken bones, to losing 100 pounds in three months – Goggins is relentless in remaining disciplined in the pursuit of his goals.

Here are our top three takeaways from the book that can help you become the best version of yourself:


1. Most people only give 40% effort

We are capable of so much more than we think we are. Most individuals quit or believe that they are “done” with a project, a workout, or another task when they’ve only really given in about 40% of their effort. When you feel like you’re done, you actually have a lot more left to give – both to yourself and to others. Try pushing past that point and you might be surprised at what you’re capable of accomplishing.

2. Get comfortable being uncomfortable

Real growth happens when we push past the point of our comfort zones. Whether it’s personally, professionally, or even physically, consider new habits or routines that you could practice that will help you grow and become a better version of yourself. 


Do you feel anxious meeting new people at networking events? Set a goal to introduce yourself to three new people at your next event

Do you dread going to the gym? Push through the workout and be surprised at how much better you feel after

3. Run your own race

            It’s so easy to get tripped up by our own insecurities, our flaws, and even comparing ourselves to others. In his novel, Goggins emphasizes the importance of conquering your own mind, and competing against yourself, rather than focusing on limitations that others may have placed on either in the past or in the present moment. Accept your flaws, don’t let others hold you back, and no matter what  –  always keeping move forward.

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