Failure allows a person to appreciate his/her weaknesses and work toward improving them. It is only through failure that a person can learn of certain vital things and develop the mental fortitude to emerge out of that situation with valuable lessons. In Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds, David Goggins had to learn from his mistakes and improve on his areas of weakness in order to make progress in his life.
Firstly, David failed the Delta Selection, as he was day dreaming of his imminent graduation instead of focusing at the task at hand. As his mind wandered away, he realized that there were six targets on the range and not the usual five targets, hence, he had wasted a lot of time day dreaming instead of completing the training. As a result, David was let go despite his previous impressive records. Secondly, David failed in front of millions of viewers watching him attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Ultimately, these failures pushed David to come back stronger and this was only achievable with the right attitude and temperament. Failure was not a means to an end but a pathway to success.
Resolute on never giving up, David successful became an armed forces officer with a distinguished career in the Navy SEAL. He is widely acclaimed as the only military officer to successfully complete the rigorous SEAL training, U.S. Army Ranger School, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training. These achievements are a testament to David's military and physical brilliance. Additionally, David has completed numerous physically demanding challenges such as ultra-marathons, triathlons, and ultra-triathlons. He has not only participated in these events but also performed impressively in these races by setting new course records and regularly placing in the top five. He is a former Guinness World Record holder for completing 4,030 pull-ups in seventeen hours.