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David Goggins: How to Build Immense Inner Strength

Huberman Lab

Scicomm Media

Science, Life Sciences, Health & Fitness

4.923.3K Ratings

🗓️ 1 January 2024

⏱️ 158 minutes

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In this episode, my guest is David Goggins, retired Navy SEAL, highly accomplished ultramarathoner, best-selling author, and influential public speaker. David explains how he mastered his inner dialogue to build extraordinary levels of discipline and mental and physical toughness. He describes how confronting his early hardships, including physical and mental abuse, learning disorders, and obesity, became a practice of deep and excruciating self-reflection — eventually allowing him to transmute those experiences into a superhuman work ethic. This conversation is a unique window into David Goggins’ process in that it focuses both on the underlying science and how David manages and directs his inner dialogue. It’s a conversation that will inform and inspire anyone wondering how exactly to go about building discipline and confidence and reach their potential. Note: This conversation includes profanity. Some content might not be suitable for all audiences and ages. For show notes, including referenced articles and additional resources, please visit hubermanlab.com. Thank you to our sponsors AG1: https://drinkag1.com/huberman Maui Nui Venison: https://mauinuivenison.com/huberman AeroPress: https://aeropress.com/huberman Eight Sleep: https://eightsleep.com/huberman InsideTracker: https://insidetracker.com/huberman Momentous: https://livemomentous.com/huberman Timestamps (00:00:00) David Goggins (00:03:22) Sponsors: Maui Nui, AeroPress & Eight Sleep (00:07:58) Learning, Studying & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (00:14:59) Writing & Learning, ADHD & Focus (00:20:35) Friction, Focus, “Conqueror’s Mindset” (00:25:16) Early Hardships, “Haunted” (00:30:48) Anger, Social Media; Growth & Challenges (00:36:14) Sponsor: AG1 (00:37:11) Stick vs. Carrot, Negative Inner Dialogue, “Stay Hard” (00:42:39) Inspiration, Characters & Self Image (00:46:09) Willpower & Anterior Mid-Cingulate Cortex (00:53:23) Friction & the “Suck”, Willpower (00:59:14) Building Willpower, Brain & “No Days Off” Mentality (01:08:52) Sponsor: InsideTracker (01:09:54) Losing Weight, Challenge & Willpower (01:18:47) Self-Criticism & Discipline; Recovery; Stutter & Building Confidence (01:26:45) Relationships & Honest Conversations, People Pleasing (01:34:49) Self-Reflection & Empowerment (01:39:06) Unseen Work, Real Passion & Purpose, Medicine Cabinet Analogy (01:46:32) Feeling Lost, Self-Reflection & Individual Process (01:54:11) Challenges & Two Internal Voices, Misunderstood (01:59:32) Running, Smoke Jumping; Success; Willpower & Perishable Skills (02:07:04) Self-Reflection & Action, Distractions (02:15:27) Inner Dialogue; Failing Properly (02:24:59) Introspection & Unconscious Mind, Cleaning “Cupboards” (02:35:19) Zero-Cost Support, Spotify & Apple Reviews, YouTube Feedback, Sponsors, Momentous, Social Media, Neural Network Newsletter Disclaimer

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Welcome to the Huberman Lab Podcast, where we discuss science and science-based tools for everyday life.


I'm Andrew Huberman and I'm a professor of neurobiology and ophthalmology at Stanford School of Medicine.


My guest today is David Goggins.


David Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.


He's also a highly accomplished ultra marathon runner.


For those of you that don't know, ultra marathons are distances longer than 26 miles and in


David's case, often longer than 200 miles.


For his achievements in athletics he has been inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame.


He also held a Guinness world record for the most pull-ups completed in 24 hours.


I should mention that not only was David a decorated Navy seal, but he also graduated from Army Ranger




David is also a highly successful writer writer having authored two books, the first


entitled Can't Hurt Me and the second entitled Never Finished, both of which are


bestsellers. David's books cover many topics including his autobiographical description of what can only be described as an incredibly challenging child and young adulthood.


His home was abusive, his school environment was abusive, he essentially had no positive resources directed his way.


And in his 20s he found himself to be obese, that is more than 300 pounds working a job he despised for minimal pay.


And it was at that point that David began an inner dialogue that forced him to explore the


demons born out of his childhood,


but also the position that he found himself in as a young man.


And then began the journey to navigate that dialogue


and transform himself into the Navy SEAL, the ultra marathon runner, the best-selling


author, and the extraordinarily positive and influential man that he is today.


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