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Can't Hurt Me

Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
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For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him The Fittest (Real) Man in America. 

In Can't Hurt Me, he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential. 

An annotated edition of Can’t Hurt Me, offering over two hours of bonus content featuring deeper insights and never-before-told stories shared by David. Not available in other formats.

©2018 Goggins Built Not Born, LLC (P)2018 Goggins Built Not Born, LLC

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Amazing, heart wrenching, inspiring true story

This man's life is truly amazing and to see where he came from and all that he has accomplished is an inspiration.
Very engaging and great post chapter conversations with Goggins and Skolnick.
If you listen to this story and am not inspired to maximise your life there is truly something wrong with you!

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Absolutely extraordinary

What an astonishing, humbling, and elating book. Goggins moves the reader from a hell most humans will never have the misfortune to experience, through countless moments of unimaginable success and crushing failure, to a place of hard earned peace and even communion with God. Every passage drenched in the authenticity and vulnerability that comes from having run every mile he speaks of.
I loved the realness and intensity of every minute of this journey, feel blown away by the completeness of the book, and wonder how many of MY fears I'll be willing to face to discover who I really am.
Explore this insane and extraordinary book.

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Life changing

Amazing! Life changing! Train to be uncommon amongst uncommon people! I did not want this to end!

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Wow. Make sure you get this book!!!!!!

Incredible from start to finish. The commentary in between chapters and at various other points really adds to the whole book and breaks it up perfectly. It's a roller coaster of emotions and you can't help but want to be a better person once you've finished reading.

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This book is incredible

What a fantastic insight into the mind of David Goggins. This bloke is in a league of his own when it comes to mental toughness. Huge inspiration and will take many lessons from this book.

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Do not read if you are comfortable

This book will shake your core and challenge the way you live your life. Start listening and get ready to work harder then you ever have before

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A little agonizing

I enjoyed the first third of this book. Apart from the swearing, which for me wasn't needed, I thought the story was real value. Unfortunately after listening to one torturous event after another I was eventually worn down and did not want to listen to someone putting themselves consistently through physical torment, deliberately. Perhaps I was missing the point but I thought that I had got the point in the first part of the book, that is - push through and don't give up, don't think your best is your best because you always have more in the tank. I also lost the flow of the challenges he tried to set his readers, which might have been easier to follow in the hard copy version rather than audio.

There is no doubt the man is remarkable and did some remarkable things but the story for me was a bit like a trip to the dentist, not a fun experience, you are glad when its over but somewhat worth the the visit.

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A PDF of all the challenges would be great or bookmarks that link you back to them.

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Life Changing

Take this book seriously and it will change the way you think about mental toughness and your life.

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If you like narcissistic mysogynists you’ll love this book!!

David Goggins has undoubtedly shown incredible determination and tenacity to achieve his goals. I was inspired by him in that sense. What I couldn’t stomach was his remarkable selfishness and lack of ownership in his career failings. He achieved his goal of becoming a navy seal by walking out on his wife and daughter, not once but twice. And he certainly wasn’t a team player in his career which I suspect is what harmed its trajectory, rather than racism as he claims is the case. It certainly would have been a factor, but not the determining factor. As he said, there were a number of successful black men already in the green team. I also objected to his frequent reference to weak humans as having vaginas - weakness of character isn’t determined by gender.
The audio is also annoying - Dave’s faux humbleness and the narrators almost embarrassing hero worship of him is occasionally nauseating. In my opinion the hardest men on earth are those that achieve their goals while still maintaining good relationships and honouring and supporting their families.

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  • Christine
  • 01-12-2018

I'M A 60 YR OLD WOMAN AND LOVE THIS BOOK!

I WAS CURIOUS AS TO WHETHER I WOULD GET ANY MORE FROM DAVID'S BOOK THAN I HAD ALREADY GOTTEN FROM ALL THE PODCASTS AND OTHER INTERVIEWS I'VE LISTENED TO. WELL THIS BOOK GOES WAY MORE DEEPLY INTO WHAT MOST GOGGINS' FANS ALREADY KNOW OF HIS LIFE AND SOME!

I MENTION MY AGE IN THE HEADLINE IN CASE THERE ARE OTHER OLDER PEOPLE, AND WOMEN IN GENERAL WHO WONDER IF A BOOK ABOUT THE LIFE OF THE HARDEST MAN ON EARTH HAS ANYTHING IN IT FOR THEM.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE AN ALPHA MALE, SEAL TEAM WANNA BE, TO GET SOMETHING FROM THIS BOOK. IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY PEOPLE WHO GET KNOCKED DOWN BUT GET BACK UP AGAIN - OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN THEN YOU CAN APPLY HIS LESSONS TO ANYTHING IN LIFE ! THIS MAN HAS GONE DEEEEEEP INTO SELF REFLECTION AND ACCOUNTABILITY AND ARTICULATES WHAT HE HAS LEARNT, AND HOW HE HAS TURNED WEAKNESSES INTO STRENGTHS BEAUTIFULLY WITH BRUTAL SELF DEPRECATING HONESTY. I'VE READ MANY BOOKS IN THIS GENRE AND I'VE NEVER FELT THIS LEVEL OF RAW HONESTY.

FROM DAVID'S PODCASTS I'VE LEARNT SO MUCH ABOUT THE MENTAL STRENGTH WHICH I'VE USED FOR RUNNING MARATHONS (I HAVE GOGGINS'ED MY WAY THROUGH SEVERAL RACES!) - BUT READING HIS BOOK HAS CHALLENGED ME TO LOOK AT OTHER AREAS OF MY LIFE WHERE I COULD BENEFIT BY GETTING OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE.

FINALLY, WITH THE PODCAST CHATS IN-BETWEEN CHAPTERS YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE IN THE ROOM WITH WITH DAVID AND ADAM, HAVING THE BOOK READ TO YOU THEN DISCUSSING THE CHAPTER WITH DAVID AT THE END. BRILLIANT FORMAT FOR AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY !!!


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  • Ricardo
  • 29-11-2018

Master your mind!

The most powerful people are not the ones who control others, it is those who can control themselves. Thank you David for sharing your story. - @Ricky_Arenas

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  • S David
  • 24-12-2018

Opting for the book instead

The audio book is unique in that in between reading chapters, the narrator/co-author interviews David. Overall, it's interesting as a break between chapters. I'm actually returning the audisobook and buying the book instead because there are exercises after every chapter, photos referenced, and there was no audiobook supplement. Feel like that was a major miss that should be rectified for this audiobook.

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  • Sam Jaramillo
  • 29-11-2018

Life changing

I'm only half way thru this listening to this book, its simply life changing. David tells it like it is, no more BS excuses for whatever your using them for..Thank you for putting this book out here to help us SIR

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  • Paul Story II
  • 30-11-2018

This guy will change your life!

I first heard about David Goggins through Joe Rogan’s podcast. I’ve listened to his interview with him at least a dozen times. Through following David Goggins on social media, I learned he was writing a book. After much anticipation, the audiobook is finally out! I’ve already pre ordered my kindle copy from Amazon once the book is officially released dec, 4. I have no doubt that this audio version will be on repeat. This guy has put so many mantras in my head that constantly motivate me to “get after it.” I’ve even considered getting a tattoo of “uncivilized” (something that David explains) somewhere on my body to always remember to be unstoppable and be hungry for more. I hope his words will inspire you to find out something you don’t already know about yourself. They have for me. David, if you’re reading this, thank you! You’ve certainly made an impact on my life!

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  • Amanda
  • 29-11-2018

STAY HARD

Goggins is one of a kind. There is no one better at helping you understand how to maximize your potential, how to not limit yourself, how to get and stay hard. I will read/listen to anything involving Goggins and have been waiting for this book since it was announced.

If you’ve heard/read about “Living with a Seal” David Goggins is the unnamed Navy Seal in that book. Now you can finally hear his full story.

Get this without thinking twice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-11-2018

Got me out of my own head- AMAZING!

Amazing audiobook unlike any other I have heard. While it is an audiobook, it also offers elements of a podcast! Truly engaging and forced me to look at my problems and challenges in life in a very different way.

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  • Gotta Tellya
  • 31-12-2018

Overcoming all obstacles

I liked the format of this audio book. It combines Mr. Goggins himself, Mr. Skolnick, a narrator/collaborator, Mr. Goggins’ autobiography, his self analysis, a podcast format, and guidance for readers who wish to improve their lives. The interaction between Mr. Goggins and Mr. Skolnick adds a fresh element to the entire presentation. Clearly Mr. Goggins has confronted and overcome significant obstacles in his lifetime and can serve as an inspiration to all of us. That said, not everyone will feel the need to take self improvement to the nth degree, as did Mr. Goggins. I was somewhat put off by his drive to compete constantly. It didn’t seem like Mr. Goggins’ striving to be the best left much time for a personal life. But his path doesn’t apply to everyone, though aspects of it surely do. The story of his life still has much value for readers and listeners. I’m glad I listened to his book.

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  • kulagun
  • 30-11-2018

Looking into the mirror...

Holding yourself accountable. David Goggins is an American Hero. I am grateful to him and others for serving our country and fighting for our freedom. Thank you David for telling it like it is and showing everyone else that they are their own hero, they are held accountable. Celebrate your small successes and get after it, just understand it will be the hardest thing you have ever done because you are in your own way. No excuses, doesn't matter who you are. Period.

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  • Fred Hdez
  • 29-11-2018

What an amazing book. Thank you David.

what an amazing book. Raw and uncut. You are the face of Veterans around the world. I love what you do and thank you for being such an inspiration battle buddy. You are mine, thanks brother. God speed

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-2018

Incredible stuff ...

Only at chapter 10 but I couldn't wait any longer. first introduced to DG via Joe Rogans podcast, and since then I've been really interested in his story, and more importantly his mindset. We can all achieve this ... but we need to step off the marshmallow clouds, and be honest with ourselfs. You need to want change for more than just motivational sake, you need to want it because you deserve it. DG, Joe Rogan and Jordan Peterson have become father figures for me. Thank you DG for sharing your insight.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-2018

this book will change your life

loved every minute of this book . Just finished it and starting it again alot of lessons to learn what a beast of a man proving anything in life is possible if you put your mind to it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-2018

The Thor's Hammer of self help books

Although in the title I have said this is a self help book, I would really call it a self awakening book.
This book is not for everyone, as you read or listen, one of 2 things will happen. You will either start to feel that there are too many challenges ahead and take the easy way out and go back to watching telly.
Or, if you are worthy, you will re-ignite the flame you had as a kid to just get up and get after it.
The story of David Goggins life is inspirational, bit what he is doin is simply opening a door to discovery of yourself.
Best listen in ages, shed tears of realisation whilst reflecting between his and my own life, and wasted potential past.

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  • Ben Donkin
  • 13-01-2019

Best way to start 2019!

This is the best book I’ve heard in a long time. It really helps to put things into perspective if you think you’re having a bad day! To go through all that he has and still have the ability to be driven to the success that David Goggins has achieved is truly remarkable. If you have a goal you want to achieve, if you’re stuck in a rut, or if there are obstacles preventing you being who you want to be, then this book is the book for you!

The icing on the cake are the short interviews that take place at the end of each chapter. Insightful and a brilliant concept. Rather than being short-changed like with a lot of audio books where the resources aren’t readily available, this gives you more than reading it would. Awesome!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-2019

one of the best books EVER!

LOVED IT! everyone should listen or read this book. It's a life changer, just when you think you can't go on anymore, then comes this book. 👍👍👍

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-2018

What I've been looking for!

This is not a book, this is a mindset, a way of life that I have been looking for a very long time! I've heard most of what is in this book before, the difference with this book is the delivery, it's simple, honest and brutal! I wish I would have been able to read this book when I was growing up, I think this book should be read by every 16 year old male to show him that anything is possible! A message that reaches you!

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  • ben
  • 27-12-2018

the man's a legend

loved the book finished in record time , narrator was great even tho I was annoyed it wasn't goggins . the moment he ran with two broken legs WOW !

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-01-2019

This book is a journey you owe yourself!

Raw, honest, spiritual, true, transcending.

Explore yourself and the depths of your soul as David Goggins' story unfolds offering precious tools and kindling. And now, when life gives you kindling make damn sure to use it and start some longlasting fire.

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  • 54T!sh
  • 02-12-2018

One of the best book that I listened

I have waited for months to listen this book as David is so inspiring.. when I watched David's Podcast, I started running more than 100km/week and 500 push ups/ day.. his words penetrate through skull and activate pain tolarance neurons in the brain.. Once you listen to this guy for few months in loop.. you will not be the same person as before.. that's for sure..
And it's finally release, I was excited and started listening.. down the line I realize, David is not narrating this book.. n I was like.. why? why?
No doubt book is great, message he tries to tell audience that how he conquer odds by simply hard work, repeatation and inhuman pain tolarance.. is one of the kind.. but it would have been awesome If David would have narrated story..
Thank you David for the inspiration..

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  • Ben Leacock
  • 03-12-2018

Inspirational!

I’ve listened to David Goggins on countless podcasts and videos but this book went even deeper. Truly makes you question how you’re living, your potential and encourages you to go out and pursue it. BRILLIANT!

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