David Goggins is probably the most famous American ultramarathon runner of all time. He is also known for ultra-distance cycling and motivational speaking on events. His book Can’t Hurt Me, released in 2018, is one of my favorite self-help books, and I can’t stop recommending it to friends and family.
But David Goggins is also famous for his incredible quotes, inspiring even the biggest lazy person to start doing something with his life. Here are my favorite top 50 quotes by him:
The Best David Goggins Quotes
A warrior is a guy that goes, ‘Im here again today. I’ll be here again tomorrow and the next day.’ It’s a person who puts no limit on what’s possible.
We all need small sparks, small accomplishments in our lives to fuel the big ones […] Because its the small sparks, which start small fires, that eventually build enough heat to burn the whole f*cking forest down.
The only person who was going to turn my life around was me. The only way I could get turned around was to put myself through the worst things possible that a human being could ever endure.
If you’re willing to suffer, and I mean suffer, your brain and body once connected together, can do anything.
My happiness is my reflection on the suffering during my journey and knowing that I never quit nor was I guided by anybody on this earth.
We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.
I thought I’d solved a problem when really I was creating new ones by taking the path of least resistance.
You have to build calluses on your brain just like how you build calluses on your hands. Callus your mind through pain and suffering.
Teach yourself that it isn’t ok to take the easy way out. Make sure you are bothered by the things you set out to do but did not complete or make time for in the day.
You want to be uncommon amongst uncommon people. Period.
Don’t focus on what you think you deserve. Take aim at what you are willing to earn.
We all want to take this four-lane highway, but we always step over the shovel. All I did was pick up that shovel and made my own path.
We’re either getting better or we’re getting worse.
You are in danger of living a life so comfortable and soft, that you will die without ever realizing your true potential.
Denial is the ultimate comfort zone.
Tell yourself the truth! That you’ve wasted enough time, and that you have other dreams that will take courage to realize, so you don’t die a f*cking pussy.
Be more than motivated, be more than driven, become literally obsessed to the point where people think you’re f*cking nuts.
Only you can master your mind, which is what it takes to live a bold life filled with accomplishments most people consider beyond their capability.
Nobody cares what you did yesterday. What have you done today to better yourself?
Seeds burst from the inside out in a self-destructive ritual of new life.
Everyday you’re trying to find more of what you’re capable of – and that’s the big question. What are you capable of? Stop doing the things that you do every day. If you run everyday, go swim.
Pain unlocks a secret doorway in the mind, one that leads to both peak performance, and beautiful silence.
It’s possible to transcend anything that doesn’t kill you.
You will never learn from people if you always tap dance around the truth.
If you can see yourself doing something, you can do it. If you can’t see yourself doing something, usually you can’t achieve it.
Stop making excuses. Stop being a victim. Take personal responsibility.
The only thing more contagious than a good attitude is a bad one.
Never let people who choose the path of least resistance steer you away from your chosen path of most resistance.
If you choose to do something, attack it.
Mental toughness is a lifestyle.
The worst thing that can happen to a man is to become civilized
Greatness pulls mediocrity into the mud. Get out there and get after it.
Don’t worry about the elements around you and what’s going on. You gotta get out there and get it.
From the time you take your first breath, you become eligible to die. You also become eligible to find your greatness and become the one warrior
I don’t stop when I’m tired, I stop when I’m done.