Can’t Hurt Me

October 25, 2023

Book Notes

Can't Hurt Me book cover

When I read a book I have the habit of highlighting certain passages I find interesting or useful. After I finish the book I’ll type up those passages and put them into a note on my phone. I’ll keep them to comb through every so often so that I remember what that certain book was about. That’s what these are. So if I ever end up lending you a book, these are the sections that I’ve highlighted in that book. Enjoy!

Anybody can become a totally different person and achieve what so called experts like him claim is impossible, but it takes a lot of heart, will, and an armored mind.

All the answers are buried in suffering.

Dig out your journal and write down all the things you don’t like to do or that make you uncomfortable. Especially those that are good for you. Now go do one of them. and do it again.

Doing things that make you uncomfortable will help make you strong.

Seven years earlier I had been rooting around fast food kitchens and open dumpsters zapping vermin. Now I was f***ing flying!

When you’ve given 100%, you’ve really only given 40%. There’s still 60% more in your potential.

Almost nothing in life will turn out exactly as we hoped. There are alwasy challenges, and whether we are at work or school, or feeling tested within our most intimate or important relationships, we will all be temped to walk away from commitments, give up on our goals and dreams, and sell our own happiness hort at some point. We will feel empty and like we ahve no more to give, and we haven’t even tapped into half of the treasure buried deep in our minds, hearts, and souls.

The impulse to stop is driven by your mind’s desire for comfort, and it’s not telling you the truth, it’s just trying to find sanctuary.

Nobody taps into their reserve 60 percent right away or all at once. The inital blast of pain and fatigue is your filter talking. Remember that and then you are in control of the dialogue in your mind, and you can remind yourself that you are not as drained as you think.

Our filter works by massaging our ego as it stops short of your goals

Who hasn’t dreamed up a possibility for themselves only to have friends, colleagues, or family dump all over it?

Goggin’s Laws of Nature:

When preparing for a challenge, visualize every obstacle in your way and how it could stop you.

Talent isn’t required for this sport (Ultras), it’s all about heart and hard work.

I learned quickly that I was my own best prop. Sometime I’d dress in a SEAL t-shirt with a Trident on it, run fifty miles to a speaking engagement, and show up soaking wet. Or I would do push-ups for the first five minutes of my speech, or roll a pull-up bar out on stage and do pull-ups while I was talking.

Pages 247-295 & Challenge #9 are incredibly motivational to me. Re-read these whenever you need a boost.

“Peaceful, but never satisfied”

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