cant hurt me book review

Book Review:Can’t hurt Me by David Goggins

Can’t hurt me is an autobiographical book written by David Goggins. The genre of the book is self-help. It was published on 18th November 2018. David Goggins had a terrible childhood. He faced many challenges in his childhood including poverty, physical abuse, prejudice and unimaginable pain. But still, he overcame the tragedies of life. He accomplishes his goals and conquered the challenges. Now, he is the first member of the US military to have completed training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller. In this article, we will share can’t hurt me book review.

Can’t Hurt Me Book Review

By learning from hardships and sufferings in life on a regular basis. One can achieve remarkable success which he considered unattainable. But this hardship requires physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual efforts. The writer shares his journey of transformation of how he went from a very heavyweight person to the fittest man on the planet. He has presented his life story in a way that gives strategies to help us master our minds, defy the odds and accomplish our own goals. The book comprises

  1. I should have been a statistic
  2. Truth Hurts
  3. The impossible task
  4. Taking souls
  5. Armoured mind
  6. It’s not about the trophy
  7. The most powerful weapon
  8. Talent not required
  9. Uncommon amongst uncommon
  10. The empowerment of failure
  11. What if

Here we will share some valuable lessons from the book:


The writer created the “Accountability Mirror,” a reality-based practice. After he thought things are not going as he wanted them to be. He would stand in front of the mirror and talk to himself. He becomes very honest about where he was in life and where he wanted to be.

Moreover, He lost interest in what the other “cool” students at school thought of him. This not only enhanced his confidence but also boosted his self-esteem. He’d keep himself accountable every day by standing in front of his mirror reading his goals. He kept this habit of keeping himself accountable throughout adulthood. This acts as a top factor that contributes to his mental toughness and success. When you practice this. You’ll find the Accountability Mirror useful no matter what stage of life you’re in.


The writer is of the view, that the majority of us barely use about 40% of our true potential. When you feel like giving up, when you feel too exhausted to keep going, you’re usually just 40% done. Which means your mind wants you to stop, even if you still have plenty of energy. You are more capable than you believe. Understanding this reality is the first step toward being unstoppable and doing the seemingly impossible.

To begin living your life to the fullest, embrace the “discomfort zone” by gradually pushing past your comfort zone. For example, if you’re about to give up after 10 pushups, challenge yourself to perform 5 more. Then challenge yourself to do 6 more the next time, and so on.

The major message in this part is that life is a big game of the mind. The only person you have to compete with is yourself. If you stick with this technique, you’ll soon find yourself doing something you thought was impossible.


The writer says that the most important conversation a man would ever have is with himself. Because we are living every day with these thoughts. They are always with us. Either good or bad. Whenever one is going to transform himself the natural and quick reaction of our mind is self-doubt. Hence to overcome this the writer has given a very impressive yet effective technique. That is to do a self conversation of saying WHAT IF?. Whenever a situation like this arises. Question your thoughts by using these words. This will bring a huge difference not only in your perception but also in actions as well.


The writer says that emotional and physical challenges eventually become easy to handle. For that, you have to smile at the pain and watch it disappear. What will happen is that you will able to endure and bear the pain much more linger than other people think you can. When you are at your worst bring out the best of yourself so you are able to overcome the challenge. This will bring the best out of you and you will be able to snatch the soul of your enemies.


I hope after reading can’t hurt me book review, you have got an idea about the key learnings of this book. Tell me in the comment section below that which book review you want me to do next.

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