5.0 out of 5 stars
It's not too bad. Fastest book I finished in 5 years.
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2021
I've been trying to get back into reading for a while now and this is probably the fastest book I've finished in over half a decade. Bought it on the 13th, finished it on the 15th. Here's my honest opinion of the book.
If you're after a traditional self-help book, this book isn't for you. It's narrative-drive and autobiographical in style. You get a deep peek into the life that is David Goggins. In a way, it was like reading a novel, except it's about a real person and written by the man himself. The details are raw and real, with no fluff or pandering to the politically correct. Profanity-wise, it's not that bad. Sure, there's a few here and there but it's not on every page and every sentence like how other reviews are making it out to be. The profanity is pulled out where it counts.
The lessons in the book are different but similar to other self-help books - except Goggins' story makes them feel fresh.
The only real negative thing I felt about the book was that his army career narrative did get a bit repetitive. Yes, he did the SEAL training, then he did a bunch of other ones. But after a while, all the training started to sound the same - hard, designed to break a person and how he moved through them. There was a brief moment of boredom trying to read them but they eventually passed and we moved onto other parts of life narrative. The variety and growth came when he did the different ultras.
Overall, I did enjoy the book and it has moved me to reassess myself, what I want from my life and why I do the things I do. I like the no bs kind of language and the lack of fluff that traditionally structured self-help books have.
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