#26: Suffering as a Tool for Growth. Lessons From “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins (Part 2)

#26: Suffering as a Tool for Growth. Lessons From “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins (Part 2)

In the second part of my notes based on David Goggins’s autobiography Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds I’ll talk about using suffering as a tool for growth. Suffering is the key factor that has transformed David from an obese, unhappy man into a tough and accomplished example of personal excellence….

#25: Mental Shifts to Master Your Mind. Lessons From “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins (Part 1)

#25: Mental Shifts to Master Your Mind. Lessons From “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins (Part 1)

If you’re reading this, David Goggins probably needs no introduction. But in case he does, David is the most renowned icon of mental toughness. He’s an ex-Navy SEAL and an ultramarathon runner known for competing in and winning some of the hardest races in the world. His story of transformation from an obese pest exterminator…

#24: Training to Go Beyond. Lessons From “Ultra” by Michele Graglia (Part 2)

#24: Training to Go Beyond. Lessons From “Ultra” by Michele Graglia (Part 2)

In the first part of my notes from Ultra: Top Model to Top Ultra Runner by Michele Graglia I covered the lessons on changing one’s life from an easy, empty one to a meaningful one, filled with challenges. Today we’ll focus on that second lifestyle and learn how to go beyond ourselves—in training and in…

#23: From an Easy, Empty Life to a Meaningful, Hard One. Lessons From “Ultra” by Michele Graglia (Part 1)

#23: From an Easy, Empty Life to a Meaningful, Hard One. Lessons From “Ultra” by Michele Graglia (Part 1)

I first heard about Michele Graglia when I learned that he beat David Goggins in one of the most grueling ultra-running competitions in the world, Moab 240, in 2020. It’s 238 miles (383 km) through a desert, two mountain ranges, slick rock, canyons, and other challenging terrain. I was curious to learn more about him…

#22: How to Be Obsessed and Keep Hammering. Notes from “Endure” by Cameron Hanes (Part 2)

#22: How to Be Obsessed and Keep Hammering. Notes from “Endure” by Cameron Hanes (Part 2)

If there’s one main theme of Cameron Hanes’s memoir Endure: How to Work Hard, Outlast, and Keep Hammering, it’s obsession. He’s obsessed about becoming the best bowhunter. Everything else in his life is devoted to that goal. How do you become obsessed? Should you even be obsessed? How do you stay consistent and keep hammering…

#21: How to Do Hard Things and Consistently Get Better. Notes from “Endure” by Cameron Hanes (Part 1)

#21: How to Do Hard Things and Consistently Get Better. Notes from “Endure” by Cameron Hanes (Part 1)

In his memoir Endure: How to Work Hard, Outlast, and Keep Hammering bowhunter Cameron Hanes shares his secrets to a strong work ethic, enduring hard stuff, and consistently getting better. David Goggins, Cameron’s friend, describes Cameron in the following way: My entire life I was obsessed with finding the hardest men that walked this planet…

#20: Developing Grit and Becoming Relentless. Lessons From Dean Karnazes’s Memoir “A Runner’s High” (Part 3)

#20: Developing Grit and Becoming Relentless. Lessons From Dean Karnazes’s Memoir “A Runner’s High” (Part 3)

In the final part of my notes from ultra-runner Dean Karnazes’s memoir A Runner’s High: My Life in Motion we’ll talk about developing grit and becoming relentless. Achieving hard things in life often doesn’t require any special skills other than perseverance. Those who keep going for however long it takes are the ones who win…

#19: Why Do Hard Things? Lessons From Dean Karnazes’s Memoir “A Runner’s High” (Part 2)

#19: Why Do Hard Things? Lessons From Dean Karnazes’s Memoir “A Runner’s High” (Part 2)

As one of the world’s toughest ultra-runners, Dean Karnazes knows a lot about doing hard things. The races he participates in are so grueling that they break his body and sometimes even his mind. Yet, he keeps doing them. Why? Why put himself through so much pain over and over again? Why can’t he take…

#18: The Inner Game of Discomfort. Lessons From Dean Karnazes’s Memoir “A Runner’s High” (Part 1)

#18: The Inner Game of Discomfort. Lessons From Dean Karnazes’s Memoir “A Runner’s High” (Part 1)

Dean Karnazes is one of the world’s most recognized ultra-marathoners. Named by TIME magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Dean has an unbelievable track record. Among his accomplishments are: running 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days, running 350 miles (560 km) in 80 hours…

#17: Staying Out of Your Comfort Zone. Observations From “Living With a SEAL” by Jesse Itzler (Part 3)

#17: Staying Out of Your Comfort Zone. Observations From “Living With a SEAL” by Jesse Itzler (Part 3)

Today’s article is the last part of my notes from Jesse Itzler’s book Living With a SEAL: 31 Days Training With the Toughest Man on the Planet. It’s Jesse’s memoir in which he recounts December of 2010 when he lived and trained with David Goggins (here’s the first part of my notes from David’s book…