David Goggins is a true influencer on the subject – the brain is your bitch.
The permanent result comes from you.
I say it all the time “you have to suffer”. You have to make that a tattoo on your brain.
So when that hard time comes again, you don’t forget it.
Who Is David Goggins?
David Goggins is now an American Entrepreneur.
He is well known for being an ultramarathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, triathlete, motivational speaker and author.
David is a retired United States Navy SEAL and former the United States Air Force Tactical Air Control Party member who served in the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War.
David Goggins was born in 1975 and was brought up in Brazil, Indiana. He grew up with an abusive father and was constantly subject to racist abuse.
My childhood had everything to do with who I am today. Growing up, there were two different David’s; one was the weak kid I thought I was, and one was the tough individual I really was. I came from a very abusive upbringing, and getting beaten up like that as a kid- often for no reason- beats that courage and confidence out of you; replacing it with insecurities and issues that you have to overcome.
At the age of 16, Goggins decided to escape from this life and got accepted to the air force. After realising he was terrified of water, he left and spiralled into gaining 125lbs by the age of 23.
By the time he was 24, he was almost 300lbs and was working full time spraying cockroaches. One day after a horrendous day at work, he came across a TV show about navy seals. This is what shifted the bar for Goggins and acted as the catalyst to change his life.
At 24 years of age and 297 pounds, Goggins made the decision to become a Navy Seal.
When you tell a recruiter that you’re almost 300 pounds and you want to be a SEAL, it doesn’t go too well. I got hung up on a lot.
He eventually found someone that was willing to accept him. This was on the premise he lost 106 pounds in three months. Goggins went from 297lbs to 191lbs in just under 3 months and was sent straight to BUD/s.
Hell week is a part of the course that separates men from the boys. The recruits train for five days and night straight with a maximum total of four hours sleep. They undergo a series of physical and mental tests in order to break them down.
Goggins made it to the Navy Seal’s Hell Week for the first time but failed due to stress fractures. This was probably a result of the arduous training it took to lose a massive amount of weight in such a short time.
He was rolled back to BUD/s to undergo hell week for second time before again sustaining an injury after completing this stage.
Goggins eventually made it through his third Hell Week with BUD/s class 235 and graduated becoming a Navy Seal on August 10th 2001.
He went on to have a long career in the the Navy and received numerous awards in his time
Ultra Running / Achievements
Goggin’s also decided to test his resolve out of the Military by competing in some of the worlds most grueling races.
- 2005 San Diego One Day (24 hours, 1o0 miles)
- 2007 Badwater Ultra Marathon (3rd place)
- 2008 McNaughton 150 miler (1st place)
- 2013 Guinness World Record for 24 hour pullup (World Record)
- 2016 Music City Ultra 50k (1st place)
- 2016 Infinitus 88k (1st place)
- 2016 Strolling Jim 40 Miler (1st place)
If you look what is involved in the above, you can see for yourself the sickening mental and physical capabilities he has created for himself.
Goggins completed the above with asthma and a birth heart defect which only allows him to function at 75% of his true capacity.
If you want to truly understand the David Goggins story just spend some time to watch some of these inspiring videos:
The motivational videos come from his passion and drive.
He truly is a warrior and the videos just show how anyone with the right mentality and work ethic can become a real success.
David Goggins Quotes
I have collated some of the best quotes David Goggins has said which resonates with me:
We all need small sparks, small accomplishments in our lives to fuel the big ones. Think of your small accomplishments as kindling. When you want a bonfire, you don’t start by lighting a big log. You collect some witch’s hair—a small pile of hay or some dry, dead grass. You light that, and then add small sticks and bigger sticks before you feed your tree stump into the blaze. Because it’s the small sparks, which start small fires, that eventually build enough heat to burn the whole fucking forest down
Taking baby steps in life are the stepping stones to helping you achieve your big dreams and goals.
We’re either getting better or we’re getting worse
If you are not improving and developing every god damn day they by staying still you are actually getting worse. Unless you are earning more each day you are becoming poorer by inflation. Always strive to develop, improve and grow every day possible.
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
When someone tells you that it cannot be done. They probably should reword to that has not been done yet. As records are there to be broken and use others negativity to kickstart your ability to grow.
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
This quote proves the importance of making sure you surround yourself with positive people who want you to do well. Who encourages your growth and sometimes your family or friends could hold you back or have negativity in your life you need to distance yourself from.
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
The hardest battles in life are with your own brain and mindset. Toughen your brain from the soft society we live in and you stand a chance to break records.
I am not gifted but I am just driven
I love this phrase because it shows anyone in the world can push themselves even if they are not gifted or talented in a particular area. The hard work and taking action is the key to success.
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.
Now, this is an amazing quote and a calloused mind is so important to make sure you have the insane work ethic mentality. It reminds me of the saying ‘hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work’.
In the military we always say we don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training
What you put into training and development is what you get out of life. It is funny that the harder you work, the luckier you become.
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…
Heraclitus of Ephesus was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher and I regularly research his quotes. I know David Goggins loved this one above because he is that one warrior he mentions in this speech above.
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
I hate people who think they are entitled to something. Each and every one of us needs to earn respect and you need to build your future as it isn’t handed to you.
The reason it’s important to push hardest when you want to quit the most is that 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. That’s why I loved PT in BUD/S and why I still love it today. Physical challenges strengthen my mind so I’m ready for whatever life throws at me, and it will do the same for you
Strengthening your mind is super important. You need to build calluses on your mindset to toughen your brain and be ready for whatever life throws at you.
David Goggins is the author of a great book called – Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds.
Here is a video review of the book “Can’t Hurt Me”:
In the video book review, you can see just how much respect gets from the general public.
The book educates you never to give up and build up the mental toughness to fight through the hard times.
If you fail out that’s fine. But if you give up that’s when you lose. You only lose in life when you actually give up
How many times have you actually physically failed?
How many times have you actually give it up?
Most of the time in life we never push ourselves to the actual breaking point of failure.
Failure could be physically or mentally or whatever it is we give up on. We tap out before we actually fail.
Make sure that you always fight to the end. I’m not gonna give up, it’s gonna be I’m gonna fail. I’m never gonna give up, I’m just gonna fail. It’s very hard to do this, but how many of us have actually done it. Fail every god damn day but never give up.
If you think about that if you don’t throw in the towel if you fight it out till the end, how many situations in life would you have actually won or would you have had a much better performance.
The biggest life lesson David Goggins has taught me is in this quote.
Our brain has a survival mechanism that protects us from pain and suffering. The second we fill that shit our mind says no this isn’t fun, we should back off, we should sit down, find something more comfortable. The mind has a tactical advantage over you at all times of your life as it knows what you’re afraid of, it knows your insecurities, it knows your deep dark lies and it starts to push you away from that shit. It pushes you in a direction that is comfortable. The mind controls everything
But David Goggins shows you time and time again that this survival mechanism in your brain stops you doing this at 40% your capacity.
You have so much more to give in life if you can push through and train to control your mind.