Who is David Goggins?

David Goggins is a former US Navy SEAL and a triathlete, motivational speaker and author of his self-help memoir Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds.

Books by David Goggins

Quotes by David Goggins

“Anyone who is of sound mind and body can sit down and think of twenty things in their life that could have gone differently. Where maybe they didn’t get a fair shake and where they took the path of least resistance. If you’re one of the few who acknowledge that, want to callous those wounds, and strengthen your character, its up to you to go back through your past and make peace with yourself by facing those incidents and all of your negative influences, and accepting them as weak spots in your own character. Only when you identify and accept your weaknesses will you finally stop running from your past. Then those incidents can be used more efficiently as fuel to become better and grow stronger.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“But you don’t have to let your doubt into the cockpit! You can tolerate doubt as a backseat driver, but if you put doubt in the pilot’s seat, defeat is guaranteed. Remembering that you’ve been through difficulties before and have always survived to fight again shifts the conversation in your head. It will allow you to control and manage doubt, and keep you focused on taking each and every step necessary to achieve the task at hand.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“By the time I graduated, I knew that the confidence I’d managed to develop didn’t come from a perfect family or God-given talent. It came from personal accountability which brought me self-respect, and self-respect will always light a way forward.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“Denial is the ultimate comfort zone.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“Everything in life is a mind game! Whenever we get swept under by life’s dramas, large and small, we are forgetting that no matter how bad the pain gets, no matter how harrowing the torture, all bad things end.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“Heraclitus, a philosopher born in the Persian Empire back in the fifth century BC, had it right when he wrote about men on the battlefield. “Out of every one hundred men,” he wrote, “ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior…”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“I thought I’d solved a problem when really I was creating new ones by taking the path of least resistance.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“If you want to be one of the few to defy those trends in our ever-softening society, you will have to be willing to go to war with yourself and create a whole new identity, which requires an open mind.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“In the military we always say we don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“It won’t always go your way, so you can’t get trapped in this idea that just because you’ve imagined a possibility for yourself that you somehow deserve it. Your entitled mind is dead weight. Cut it loose. Don’t focus on what you think you deserve. Take aim on what you are willing to earn!”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“It’s possible to transcend anything that doesn’t kill you,”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“Like the Taoists say, those that know don’t speak, and those who speak, well, they don’t know jack shit.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“No one is going to come help you. No one's coming to save you.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“Only you can master your mind, which is what it takes to live a bold life filled with accomplishments most people consider beyond their capability.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“Our culture has become hooked on the quick-fix, the life hack, efficiency. Everyone is on the hunt for that simple action algorithm that nets maximum profit with the least amount of effort. There’s no denying this attitude may get you some of the trappings of success, if you’re lucky, but it will not lead to a calloused mind or self-mastery. If you want to master the mind and remove your governor, you’ll have to become addicted to hard work. Because passion and obsession, even talent, are only useful tools if you have the work ethic to back them up.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“Tell yourself the truth! That you’ve wasted enough time, and that you have other dreams that will take courage to realize, so you don’t die a fucking pussy.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“The human body can withstand and accomplish a hell of a lot more than most of us think possible, and that it all begins and ends in the mind.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“The reason it’s important to push hardest when you want to quit the most is because it helps you callous your mind. It’s the same reason why you have to do your best work when you are the least motivated.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“We live in a world with a lot of insecure, jealous people. Some of them are our best friends. They are blood relatives. Failure terrifies them. So does our success. Because when we transcend what we once thought possible, push our limits, and become more, our light reflects off all the walls they’ve built up around them. Your light enables them to see the contours of their own prison, their own self-limitations. But if they are truly the great people you always believed them to be, their jealousy will evolve, and soon their imagination might hop its fence, and it will be their turn to change for the better.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“We’re either getting better or we’re getting worse.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“You are giving up instead of getting hard! Tell the truth about the real reasons for your limitations and you will turn that negativity, which is real, into jet fuel. Those odds stacked against you will become a damn runway!”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me

“You can be born in a fucking sewer and still be the baddest motherfucker on earth.”

David Goggins Can't Hurt Me