Saturday, January 26, 2019

David Goggins

David Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL who has also completed Army Ranger School and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training. In addition, he is a world-class ultra-marathon runner. I recommend watching this short speech by him and listening to the Unbeatable Mind Podcast featuring him.

I also recommend his book Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds.

Overall, Goggins is quite extreme and he has made some very imprudent training decisions. But nevertheless he has overcome extreme adversity:

1. He has the sickle cell trait.

2. For most of his life, he had a poker-chip-sized hole in his heart.

3. His father physically abused him and his mother.

4. He attended virtually an all-white high school in Indiana, where he was bullied mercilessly, repeatedly called the n-word, etc.

5. He graduated from high school with a 0.90 GPA, since he missed so many days of school due to the bullying.

6. His mother worked three jobs while going to college.

7. At BUD/S, he repeated Hell Week twice (so three times total).

8. He completed part of Air Force Pararescue training and then found out he had the sickle cell trait, which led to him ultimately dropping out.

9. He lost almost 100lb in two months when he wanted to become a SEAL and had only two months left to enlist in the Navy.

In virtue of overcoming all this adversity, he demonstrates extreme mental toughness, mental fortitude, mental resilience, and mental tenacity.

Last revised 1/29/2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Mentally Prepare Yourself for Winter 2018-19

In Chicago, January tends to be the coldest winter month. So I would like to remind you of the principles in my post, “How to Thrive during Long, Harsh Winters.”

In summary:

1. Embrace winter.
2. Always think positively.
3. Never complain about the weather.
4. Surround yourself with positive people.
5. Meditate daily.
6. Work out consistently.
7. Stay busy and productive.

You should be thriving, not just surviving, in winter.

Break through any mental barriers that you impose on yourself.