Read: December 2022

Inspiration: Wanted to read David Goggins’ follow up book to “Can’t Hurt Me”


Written with the help of ChatGPT, below is a brief summary to understand what is covered in the book.

“Never Finished: Unshackle Your Mind and Win the War Within”, published in 2022 by author and Navy SEAL David Goggins, teaches readers how to overcome their own limitations and achieve their goals. The book is based on Goggins’ own experiences as one of the toughest endurance athletes in the world, and provides practical advice for how to push beyond one’s comfort zone and achieve success. Goggins discusses the importance of setting goals, developing a growth mindset, and embracing challenges as opportunities for personal growth. He also shares strategies for how to overcome mental and physical obstacles, and how to use adversity to become stronger and more resilient. Never Finished is a motivating and inspiring guide for anyone looking to achieve their full potential.

Unedited Notes

Direct from my original book log, below are my unedited notes (abbreviations and misspellings included) to show how I take notes as I read.

Easy to be prisoner of your mind, see challenges as from another source, remain at surface level with self and state, resilience means finding light in dark and pushing to improve continuously but also being honest with self and taking responsibility, inner dialogue and self talk is critical to motivation, need to be conscious and not focus on all negatives—spin negatives to fuel, thoughts become actions, dreams are created in comfort and crumble in struggle—obstacles often lead to quitting once pursue dream, quitting is a result of caving to emotion but One Second Decision to stop and think can prevent this, need to win these small one second battles where could quit but persist—critical turning points, dreams die in suffering, can quit but make sure it is a conscious decision not reactionary, all things are finite—will end when it ends, don’t let self fall for false summits where anticipate finish then not quite done and ruins mental, focus on journey/growth knowing it will end when it ends, humility important as climb/learn, pity can hold back if prolonged—longer pity, longer not moving forward/improving, extract lessons from menial tasks, important to surround self with people who understand and enhance your mentality and ambitions, shared history doesn’t mean best going forward, not mean to lose all old relationships but maybe more distance is not on the same page, want people who don’t complain as you work—support and encourage, only thing more infectious than a good attitude is a bad one, end the day net positive—don’t go to sleep in the red b/c rolls into the next, do something positive (read, clean, etc) to end a bad day, finished Moab 240 in 2020 (second attempt after failing in 2019 as lungs give in with altitude issues), then did Across Florida 200 and JFK 50 all within 6 weeks in 2020 (500 miles), despite busted knee and ankle, cannot rely on others to always push/guide you, requires self leadership, “i’m not crazy. i’m just not you” quote to others who think too obssessed, knee very messed up and 2020 surgery go not well—doctor go rogue with microfracture surgery and worsen, to new specialist for rare major surgery for knee plate then 13 weeks later ride 444 mile bike ride in 24 hours—still walk with limp, 11 weeks training, 10 months post surgey graduate from smokejumper school—most intense firefight jumpers training in freezing/snow conditions (North Peace Smokejumper), developing situation awareness and endurance is key to navigate roads not smooth and obstacles that arise—look ahead always, key is to not expect success on first attempts and view “failures” as merely more attempts in pursuit—cultivate belief mindset recognizing will take attempts and refinement

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