Never Finished by David Goggins - Notes & Highlights

Never Finished by David Goggins - Notes & Highlights


What can we achieve as human beings? Never Finished by David Goggins explores further how to stay hard and callus the mind with more practical tips to get you going.

Table of contents

🚀 The Book in 3 Sentences

  1. The second part, after Can't Hurt Me, focuses on what happened after the significant success of the book. The title says it all, even after so many accomplishments. When you stop callusing the mind, you will grow soft. David Goggins isn't an exception to this rule, and you follow his journey in rediscovering this himself through multiple evolutions.
  2. The book discovers new areas from his childhood which weren't mentioned before. The audiobook even includes a powerful interview with his mother. Furthermore, it tells the stories about people that shaped Goggins's mind. Like the discipline, he learned from his uncle Sergeant Jack Gardner. And the humility of some of his heroes.
  3. Ultimately, it consistently portrays the message that we are not even close to what we can achieve as human beings and that we can push ourselves beyond our beliefs. But it takes practice and exercising of the muscle called willpower.

🎨 Impressions

Can't Hurt Me is a while back already. And what could follow up such a book with one strong message? Callus the mind. But the book, especially the audiobook with extra interviews, didn't disappoint. Listening to the book instead of reading it is a big recommendation. Listening to the interviews is worth it. I liked this book even more than Can't Hurt Me.

How I Discovered It

Just the internet. Can't Hurt Me left an incredible impression on me, so once I learned there would be a second book, it wasn't even a question if I would read it. I discovered Can't Hurt Me via the Joe Rogan Experience.

Who Should Read It?

The irony is that the people who should read it are the people that don't want to read it. It is a tough story with a hard message. It's confrontational. But it gets you going. Read it if you feel sorry for yourself.

☘️ How the Book Changed Me

💡 How my life / behavior / thoughts / ideas have changed as a result of reading the book.

  • One of the things that stuck with me most is. Finish when you are done, not when you feel like you are done.

✍️ My Top 3 Quotes

  • "What the caterpillar calls the end, the master calls a butterfly." This sentence concluded the interview with his mother, making it even more beautiful.
  • "To become great in any field, you must become imbalanced. At least for a while. You have to become obsessed."
  • "I live with a day one, week one mentality. This mentality is rooted in self-discipline, personal accountability, and humility."