A Book Review: Embracing the Suck in ‘Can’t Hurt Me’

This year I’m challenging myself to read 1-2 books every month. I believe reading is a powerful tool that keeps my mind sharp, and honestly, keeps me in check. Throughout …

By Danny Pena

This year I’m challenging myself to read 1-2 books every month. I believe reading is a powerful tool that keeps my mind sharp, and honestly, keeps me in check. Throughout 2019 I’ll be reviewing books I read and sharing any valuable lessons I learn. 

“You have to build calluses on your brain just like how you build calluses on your hands. Callus your mind through pain and suffering.”

Certain books will cross your path that can change your life forever. Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins is one of those books. I’ve know about Goggins from his insane stories on Joe Rogan’s podcast: going through Navy SEAL hell week three times; running more than 100 miles in under 24 hours with less than a couple weeks to train; running on broken feet; and beating the World Record of pull ups bars in under 24 hours, doing more than 4,020 pull ups — this guy is crazy! While this book mentions all those accomplishments, that’s not what it’s about at all. 

Goggins goes into detail on how everyone is capable of digging down deep mentally and accomplishing goals we wouldn’t normally think we could do. “You have to build calluses on your brain just like how you build calluses on your hands. Callus your mind through pain and suffering,” he writes. He’s no one special. He came from a messed up family and changed his life on his own not out of luck or skills but by simply embracing the suck: “I’m a big believer of doing something that sucks every single day of your life. I believe it’s a key component into strengthening your mind.” 

Goggins trained hard day and night by completing one task at a time. He came to the realization that real life sucks sometimes, training sucks sometimes, studying sucks some times. The only way to get ahead is to embrace the suck and do the best you can! 

“I’m a big believer of doing something that sucks every single day of your life. I believe it’s a key component into strengthening your mind.” 

The best thing about this book are the challenges he gives you at the end of each chapter, which is why this book can impact your life forever. If you hold yourself accountable and do his challenges, you’re in for a major life change. This is a book I plan on reading once a year and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an attitude adjustment.

DANNY PENA is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Proper Trends. He is a proven Amazon expert and serial entrepreneur looking for the next best thing in every client. His passion from a young age has always been business. Pena loves working with, interacting, inspiring and helping people to embrace the suck. @dannyipena // danny@propertrends.com

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