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Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

There's a genre of motivational memoirs written by accomplished athletes. I strongly suspect that these books are completely hit or miss for different people; either they make you feel empowered, motivated, and powerful, or feel a bit contrived. I haven't read many in this genre, though most that I've read have only been okay. They all want to tell the story of an impressive person, and let that person offer bits of wisdom to help us improve our lives.

For whatever reason, David Goggins hits me perfectly. I love listening to him, and I love the perspective he offers. I had not picked up Can't Hurt Me for a couple years after knowing about it, but eventually gave it a try upon the ecstatic recommendation from a friend. And, wow — what an amazing story, and what a great toolkit of techniques and strategies.

Though, he's almost a meme. His message will either hit you well or not. Go watch an interview of him on YouTube. If you like that, this book is like that and better.


These are entirely subjective, and roughly try to capture my personal enjoyment and usefulness, and how likely I'd recommend it to others. Don't read too much into this unless you love my judgement. Rough guidelines:

A: Top quartile. Changed the way I think about something.

B: Worthwhile. I took away something useful.

C: Didn't hit, wouldn't directly recommend. Likely won't revisit.

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