I loved David Goggins’ book.
The man is epic. He’s an ultramarathon winner (he doesn’t just run the races — he wins them), retired Navy SEAL, and served in the military for 20 years.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. He got over major insecurities, fears, and a learning disability to become who he is today.
I didn’t know what to expect going into his book — but I’m SO glad I read it.
Below are some of my key takeaways. They may not make sense outside the context of the book, so I encourage you to pick it up and give it a read too.
If you’ve read it, let me know your big takeaways in the comments below.
David Goggins Phrases
- Denial is the ultimate comfort zone.
- Nobody is coming to save your ass!
- Create a new RITUAL (I like this phrase). Get serious.
- Call yourself out! We avoid what we need to hear most.
- You’re stopping you! You are giving up instead of getting hard at work.
- “I’d accepted that reality.” What reality are you accepting? Don’t get numb to your life.
- “I first realized…” (Great way to call out an “Aha!” moment)
- Not all physical and mental limitations are real.
- “I was betting everything I had on myself with no guarantees.”
- Flip the narrative that you’re telling yourself — all the self-doubt and anxiety is confirmation that you’re no longer living an aimless life. You’re ON A MOTHERF*CKING mission.
- “Taking souls” means you’ve gained a tactical advantage, which is what life is all about.
- Stop seeing yourself as a victim of bad circumstances and start seeing your life as the ultimate training ground.
- What am I capable of? We are all leaving a lot of money on the table without realizing it.
- We habitually settle for less than our best.
- Research is one part of preparation — visualization is another.
- “I was training for opportunities that didn’t even exist yet.”
- Life will present you with similar opportunities where you can prove to be uncommon.
- Always be willing to embrace ignorance and become the “dumb” person in the classroom again.
- “There is no gift as overlooked or inevitable as failure. Make adjustments and learn how to eventually accomplish your task.”
Things David Goggins Did That I Liked
- “There was no battle plan, I had to create one from scratch.” Shows that he came up with his own ideas.
- Once he got into SEAL training, instead of coasting he went and trained even more.
- His opening story hooks are insane — “The first concussion grenade exploded at close range, and from there everything unraveled in slow motion…”
- He included a lot of his transformation moments — when he started training he was 297 pounds.
- He reflected a lot. “7 years earlier I had been rooting around the kitchen and open dumpsters zapping vermin. Now I was f*cking flying!”
- He was super open about his struggles. “My character was defined by self-rejection. I still had trouble accepting me.”
- He takes time before reacting (the sign of a powerful mind). “I cooled off for a week before I wrote him back.”
- He puts in the work. From 2007-2009 he was on the road 250 days a year and spoke to 500,000 people at high schools and universities.
MAJOR Takeaways From The Book
- We’re all probably living at about 40% of our true capabilities.
- Check in with a friend to keep yourself accountable.
- Keep a “cookie jar” of all your past victories and pick something out of it when you need some motivation.
- Do an epic physical adventure. Our minds are f*cking strong — they’re our most powerful weapon but we’ve stopped using them.
- If you audit your schedule, you’ll find time for more work and less bullsh*t.
- After Action Reports (AAR): Debrief after good or bad experiences to learn from them.
- Surround yourself with people who will tell you what you need to hear.
- Most wars are won or lost in our own heads.