Episode 141 — David Goggins — Never Finished: Unshackle Your Mind and Win the War Within
Everyone wants to achieve greatness. But few are actually willing to put in the blood, sweat, and tears it takes to become the very best version of yourself.
David Goggins is one of the few.
In this intense episode of The Game Changing Attorney Podcast, you’ll hear a riveting conversation between David and Crisp Founder & CEO Michael Mogill about:
- How to transform criticism into fuel for growth
- Why discipline separates the good from the great
- How to unleash your inner savage
- How to unlock new levels of mental strength
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What attracts people to David Goggins. “I think it’s my take it or leave it kind of mentality where I don’t really think about your feelings. I don’t really care about what you think or what you think about me. If you are assaulted, if you’re weak, if you’re hard, if you’re an alpha, if whatever the hell you are, I just don’t really care. I’m going to say what I believe is going to get you better. It may make you pissed off at me in the interim. But in the long term, if you really think about what I’m saying, I’m saying things to you that I hadn’t listened to in the beginning myself. But when I finally did, it helped me become a better person. The truth sucks.”
A game changing realization. “I was the one holding me back. I was the one looking for the scapegoat. I was the one looking for all these ways to tell myself it was going to be okay. I was hoping my dad was going to give me that confirmation and he was a loser himself. But at the end of the day when I left my home, I realized, ‘Well sh*t man, this is all me. I’m the loser. My dad’s f*cked up. My mom’s f*cked up. The people around me are f*cked up. They’re not going to save me.’ I needed to save myself. So that’s when all that reality hit me. When I went to Buffalo to see my dad, the entire drive home I told myself that the rest of my life is going to suck. There’s no way around it. But it’s not going to suck because of me being a loser, but because of me finally being a winner. And winning is not easy, my friend.”
A grandfather’s wisdom. “You have to continue to live your life, or you can choose to be doomed and become another statistic. A lot of young people fall back on their childhood when their childhood wasn’t good. That’s what Sergeant Jack, my grandfather who was in the military for over 30 years, told me — but the difference was that he never actually said any of this. He told me through his actions, and not feeling sorry for me when he worked me like a dog. That’s when it came to me that this is what life is.”
David’s alter ego: Goggins. “David Goggins didn’t know about the kind of commitment I knew I needed. I knew how to wash a car. I knew how to clean a house. I knew how to do all these manual labor jobs. But when it came down to true suffering — to the highest of suffering — I didn’t have that next level of, ‘Alright mother f*cker, we have to take this next level.’ David Goggins wasn’t enough. So I went into my mental lab and realized I wanted to be great, but I didn’t have greatness in me. I had to create a motherf*cker that was great. In my mind, I’m really big on visualization. People may think it’s all kinds of bullsh*t. Believe what the f*ck you want. I don’t give a sh*t.”
Human lie detector. “When I get around someone, I’m like a f*cking lie detector. I’m not calling you out. I’m not saying a word. But the second you start to get close to me, like those metal detectors, you get that metal detector on the f*cking on the beach you find that watch in the sand. That’s what I am with people, man. They get around me and they know what they’re not doing. They know how hard they’re not trying, and I bring out the worst in them because they know that they start to judge themselves without me even saying the word. They start to go through their own resume of life, and they start realizing they’re not doing enough.”
Life’s unfair and that’s too bad. “Sometimes you are raised in a position where you are behind. We have to make that time up. I’m sorry. It may be inhumane. It may be unbalanced. It may not look right to you. I don’t give a f*ck. It’s the situation that life put me in, and I need people to say that they don’t mind getting up at 3:00 in the morning to put in the work to make a change.”
What does being a game changer mean to you? “You don’t show up to be a game changer, man. It’s something that you have to harness, something that you want to be. You have to be that person that has developed a game changer mindset — a person that wants to be the uncommon amongst the uncommon. If what I say right now offends you or scares you, you’re not a game changer. A game changer is a motherf*cker that knows they’ve trained their entire life to take the big shot. I’m not talking about a f*cking basketball shot, man. I’m talking about a person that knows their value and knows that when they come to the table, it is the best in the f*cking world. That’s why now my price is so high at everything I do, and everything I do is high because I am a game changer — not being arrogant. A game changer has built that belief through hard work. They know who they are and they bring the difference to the table. But there are very few people who have that ability to do that. No, a lot of people can do it, but very few people want to put in the discipline, the hard work, and the dedication to become a game changer. So that’s what it means to me. It’s a big topic I can talk about for days, but it really comes down to the uncommon amongst the uncommon mindset.”