Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
What is Can’t Hurt Me about?
This is the life story of David Goggins and the lessons that he has learned along the way.
If I had to use one word to sum up my experience of listening to this audiobook, I would use the word ‘intense’ (and at times, ‘insane!’)
To give you a small recap, the book covers Goggins’ life as a child living with an abusive father, later training to become a Navy SEAL and an Army Ranger, running ultramarathons, and trying to set a Guinness World Record for pull-ups.
In a nutshell, Goggins has achieved stuff that, before listening to this audiobook, I wouldn’t have believed was physically possible.
This audiobook details his journey and the mindset he needed to push his body through it.
The insanity builds
The further you go trough the book, the more insane things get.
My thoughts went from ‘that’s tough, can’t believe he did that’, to ‘wow, that seems impossible’, and finally, ‘is this even real?! Am I reading a fiction book?’
Throughout, there are a few times when Goggins is asking himself why he was doing it and why he was putting his body through such torture – which was a question I was asking myself!!
I don’t want to give away too many spoilers in this review but there was one time when he was running on broken legs (yes, you read that correctly) at which point, you just have to ask, why?
Now, I am not a psychologist or a psychiatrist, but if I had to try and answer that question of why, I would say that it links back his childhood (doesn’t everything?)
Goggins mentions a few times that he wanted to be the ‘hardest man on the planet’ and I believe that desire stems from the beatings he received as a child.
At the end of the audiobook, Goggins gives a very moving speech where he explains he is now at peace with himself, and I think he needed to push himself through what you and I would think of as physically impossible in order for him to get there.
It’s an audiobook/podcast
Although Goggins is in the audiobook, he doesn’t actually narrate it himself.
The narration is done by his ghostwriter, Adam Skolnick, who has done a fantastic job at writing and reading Goggins’ story.
But rather than simply reading the book, Skolnick will read chapter/section of the book and then he and Goggins have a discussion. This allows Goggins to fill in any small gaps, share extra information, and answer any additional questions that Skolnick may ask.
This audiobook/podcast structure is great for a few reasons.
Firstly, you get to hear Goggins’ unscripted point of view and thoughts on his experiences. It makes you feel as though you are getting extra bonuses and insights.
And secondly, it breaks up the monotony of listening to someone simply read to you.
Throughout the audiobook, Goggins also sets you personal challenges to complete. Skolnick will explain the challenge (as written in the book) and then together they have a few moments discussing how this challenge is going to be beneficial for you in your own life.
There’s something missing…
One thing I noted was that I didn’t hear a lot about his family life.
When listening to the audiobook, I wasn’t able to follow exactly what was happening in his personal life.
All I got was that he was married, then he wasn’t, then he re-married the same girl, then he had a child, I think he then married someone else, not sure if he had another child, not sure if he’s still married. (???)
Now, Goggins may have purposely chosen to keep his personal life out of the book, so this isn’t a negative and I won’t be marking the book down for this, but it would have been nice to learn how Goggins achieved his huge physical accomplishments whilst balancing his family life.
My overall thoughts
I thought this audiobook was tremendous and I got so much value of out it.
There are times when I am working or exercising, I get tired and think about calling it a day. I then think back to some of the seemingly impossible tasks that Goggins completed and all of a sudden my task seems like a walk in the park.
Listening to this audiobook has banished all of my excuses and gave me a massive kick up the backside.
I highly recommend it!
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