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David Goggins

Unshackle Your Mind and Win the War Within

4.5 (1161 ratings)
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David Goggins' 'Never Finished' is an inspiring memoir that chronicles his journey from an abused child to becoming a Navy SEAL, ultra-endurance athlete, and motivational speaker. It motivates the readers to push beyond their limits to reach their full potential.

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    Stop wallowing in your misery, and start moving forward.

    Whether or not you like it, life will be throwing you all sorts of lemons. There are small lemons in the form of a missing assignment or a broken laptop. And there are big lemons in the form of traumatic accidents or failed businesses. But no matter what size lemons are thrown at you, the important thing is knowing how to dodge their lasting impact – and to move forward.

    Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. Many people tend to dwell on their misfortune long after it has passed. They’re still miserable, years after getting out of an abusive relationship or recovering from a physical injury. They wallow in their misery and think about how unlucky they are to be suffering such a fate. Sometimes, they even use it to justify their weakness and stay exactly where they are. 

    You’ll never have full control over the things you experience. Most of the time, in fact, you'll get the short end of the stick. But what you can control is how you’ll respond to that situation. You are responsible for how you act after going through a negative experience. It’s your choice whether to pull yourself up and push yourself forward, or remain in that pit of despair and let it control your life.

    You don’t have to make a big jump right away. You’re not expected to be 100 percent OK a day after a tragedy. The key is to make consistent improvement, even if it’s the smallest amount. Every day, you need to show yourself that you’re working on breaking free from the chains of your past. Baby steps are fine, but never stop making progress.

    Sooner or later, you’ll grow into the person you never thought you’d be. All it really takes is focusing on the future rather than the past.

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    What is Never Finished about?

    Never Finished (2022) is your guide to transforming into the person you never imagined you could be. It shares stories of setbacks and lessons learned that you can use to power through life's unending challenges.

    Never Finished Review

    Never Finished (2021) chronicles the extraordinary life of David Goggins, a man who defies all limits to become an ultra-endurance athlete, Navy SEAL, and motivational speaker. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Full of inspiring stories and personal experiences, it motivates readers to push past their own perceived limits and achieve greatness.
    • Goggins provides practical advice and strategies for developing mental toughness and resilience, making it a valuable resource for personal growth.
    • The book's raw honesty and vulnerability captivate readers, keeping them engaged and invested in Goggins' journey of self-discovery and transformation.

    Who should read Never Finished?

    • Injured athletes looking for motivation
    • Midlifers seeking a challenge
    • Anyone seeking to maximize their potential

    About the Author

    David Goggins is a former US Navy SEAL with over 70 ultradistance marathons under his belt. He’s the author of the New York Times best-selling book Can’t Hurt Me, where he recalled his past struggles to becoming the man he is today.

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    What is the main message of Never Finished?

    The main message of Never Finished is to push beyond our limits and embrace discomfort to achieve personal growth.

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    Is Never Finished a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Never Finished is a compelling read that offers valuable insights and motivates us to overcome challenges. It's definitely worth reading.

    Who is the author of Never Finished?

    The author of Never Finished is David Goggins.

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