Top critical review
Interesting story, Dangerous methodology
Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2019
I bought Can’t Hurt Me after tuning into the Rich Roll podcast recently when David Goggins was a guest. I’d also heard him about a year ago so was already familiar with his story. As a 55 year old competitive female endurance athlete, I thought I might glean some useful tidbits and possibly some inspirational insights from the book. Although the in-depth description of Navy Seal training was interesting, and the book was well written, I have to say that for a guy who writes incessantly about feeling “stupid” and prejudiced against, he doesn’t do much to rise above (or lead by example) by lacing every page with non-stop profanity. I intensely disliked his various descriptions of female genitalia as a synonym for weakness. I get that it was Drill Sargent talk during Seal Training but Goggins defaults to it as self talk whenever he’s experiencing a low point in a race, and that’s on him. It’s actually disturbing that he can drum up adrenaline that way. In addition, while some of the points of this book are valid (as in how much time people waste on social media and watching television, yet complain that they don’t have time to exercise ), Goggins seems truly addicted to pain and suffering and doesn’t actually seem to be able to feel any other emotion. He is self-proclaimed “the badest mother-f*****” on the planet, and those words are repeated over and over throughout the book. Yawn. He perpetually overtrains with zero regard for how it’s affecting his body. No wonder he crashed and burned and trashed his adrenals. He’s lucky to be alive. This was more an autobiography of a tormented man who can’t feel happiness so seeks out endless pain to validate his existence, and is cheering the reader on to seek out the same. I understand the mental game of endurance but feel Goggins takes it to an extremely unhealthy level. You only get this one body. If you unnecessarily destroy it, what then?