Become A Savage & Live On Your Own Terms | David Goggins on Impact Theory

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David Goggins has earned himself the reputation of “toughest man alive” and it’s a reputation well deserved. He is the former world record holder for the most pull-ups done in 24 hours. He once ran 205 miles in 39 hours without stopping. And he’s completed more than 60 ultra-endurance events in his career. He started all this after telling himself that he was the weakest man alive.

How Goggins armor plated his mind and why he titled his book “Can’t Hurt Me” [3:23]

Emotional beings are living at about 40% of their ability – survival mechanism that protects you from pain and suffering [4:20]

Why your mind has a tactical advantage over you (pushes you towards comfort) [5:10]

Where Goggins’ 40% rule kicks in [6:50]

Why you have to face the real you if you want to change and how Goggins uses an accountability mirror to gut-check himself [8:08]

Why you need to tell people the truth about who you are if you ever want to change [18:43]

How Goggins stopped feeling sorry for himself [19:47]

Why people don’t start the journey of becoming who they’re capable of becoming (Hint: most people are content to pose as someone else) [24:41]

The super-hardcore way Goggins deals with a learning disability (you can apply this philosophy to literally anything and you’ll wind up more successful than you ever dreamed) [23:54]

Why Goggins says everybody is searching for the easy way out and how to make sure you’re not like that [26:14]

Tom’s drug of choice (Goggins likes it too) [32:10]

How to find your passion in what Goggins calls “the bag of f*ck” and use your insecurities to transform yourself [36:50]

How Goggins measures the success of his life [38:16]

Why you have to dive into a sack of sh*t to find more about yourself [40:18]

This is the most important conversation you’ll ever have in your life [41:37]

The impact Goggins wants to have in the world. [47:29]

“When you care more about how someone’s judging you – you’re gonna stay right there. There’s no forward momentum.” [23:08]

“You gain knowledge through suffering. And on the other end of suffering is a world that very few have ever seen – it’s a beautiful world because that’s where you find yourself.” [28:16]

“Mediocrity is contagious.” [29:18]

“I viewed myself as the weakest person on the planet earth – my goal in life was to in my mind believe I’m the hardest man alive.” [35:00]

“Life is one big head game and once you learn how to play the motherfucking head game, it’s not a game anymore at all. You can start living your life.” [48:06]

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