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Stoic Personages, David Fucking Goggins


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“No one is going to come help you. No one’s coming to save you.” 
― David Goggins, Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

So, who the fuck is David Goggins?

David Goggins swears a lot. For him, in order to be able to explain how hard things really were for him and are for anyone seeking mastery, he needs to use every word available in his vocabulary, including fuck, fuckin, fucked.

But why? Who is him? What happened to him? Why does he has to swear so much?

I think it is fair to say that David Goggins, today, is as he proclaims himself, is: “The hardest motherfucker in planet earth”.

This man has no equal. Truly.

Born into violence, racism, poverty, in short, adversity. He narrates in his book: “Can’t hurt me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds.” how he came out of being everything he was told he was going to be, a nobody, a loser, just another statistic of failed men.

Everything in life, as it is unfortunately for many as well, appeared to be against him. He narrates terrifying stories of his dad punching his mother in the face, while he watched with the inevitable incapacity of a child. Horrible, horrible things that he describes with painful detail in his book.

What’s interesting about this man is precisely this, according to statistics, whenever a child is born in the situation similar to the one David was born, you’ll just become another bum, furthering the hideous vicious cycle many find themselves stuck in. But not for Goggins, Goggins rose from adversity like a fiery phoenix. He thrived and still thrives today in adversity.

Today, Goggins, Navy Seal, is considered one of the best endurance-athletes in the entire world. He completed 3 hell weeks, considered the toughest warrior training in the world. Adding to that, he has completed more than 60 Ultra races, one of them Badwater 135 Death Valley- considered the world’s toughest foot race. He also held the Guinness World Record for the most pull-ups done in 24 hours completing 4,030 in 17 hours.

David Goggins is the living proof on the gargantuan capacity for greatness a human has by controlling his mind.

“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself and in no instance bypass the discriminations of reason? You have been given the principles that you ought to endorse, and you have endorsed them. What kind of teacher, then, are you still waiting for in order to refer your self-improvement to him? You are no longer a boy, but a full-grown man. If you are careless and lazy now and keep putting things off and always deferring the day after which you will attend to yourself, you will not notice that you are making no progress, but you will live and die as someone quite ordinary.
From now on, then, resolve to live as a grown-up who is making progress, and make whatever you think best a law that you never set aside. And whenever you encounter anything that is difficult or pleasurable, or highly or lowly regarded, remember that the contest is now: you are at the Olympic Games, you cannot wait any longer, and that your progress is wrecked or preserved by a single day and a single event. That is how Socrates fulfilled himself by attending to nothing except reason in everything he encountered. And you, although you are not yet a Socrates, should live as someone who at least wants to be a Socrates.” 
― Epictetus (From Manual 51)

David Goggins, a man of truly Stoic character, I urge you to check him out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIM7E8e9JKY&t=47s

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Conflict and Truth


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“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.” 
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Have you ever given thought to the complexity of ideas?

It’s not enough to have just a good disposition towards life, although that certainly is the first step that must be taken at the beginning of an examined and philosophical life, adding to that you must also be intelligent in your approach.

Ray Dalio’s company, Bridgewater, thrives on what he calls an “Idea Meritocracy”. This means that the company will be led and decisions are taken based on the most accurate, beneficial and efficient ideas happening in the organization.

But for this idea meritocracy to happen, there must be, quite obviously, a clash of ideas to measure which idea holds best against reality. This there is going to be conflict, a lot of it. The word “conflict” has a bad connotation, it seems it is something to be avoided. But, in an idea meritocracy, it is something that must be sought. Conflict will shine a light on ideas.

Now, it’s not just arguing for the sake of arguing, it’s more complicated than that. Conflict will not work correctly if it’s just an Ego fight to give an example. If two people are arguing about supposedly something but in reality they are just establishing superiority, nothing will be achieved but a winner and a loser and someone seeking revenge afterward.

Truth is what we seek.

So, it’s also more complicated than just having a good disposition.

Why? Because.

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” 
Oscar Wilde,

Holding conflict

Don’t you think we are used to avoiding conflict at all costs?

We fear it like the plague. This will not do if we are searching for the truth and to look at things in the face and know them for what they are as Marcus Aurelius quoted.

Whenever we stumble into conflict sometimes it’s easier to just give in to whatever point it is that is being argued, because sometimes, the point may be too small and insignificant to fight for. It may be something we are too lazy to clear out and so we just give in. This instances may not matter in the short term but put them all together and then you have a huge mess.

Assertiveness

Assertiveness is simply defined as the courage to speak your mind and face the consequences. You very well might not be right, in all cases, you could be blatantly wrong. But if you don’t speak up about what you think is right, you will never arrive at the truth because the other person might be assertive when you are not, and vice-versa, but then again, how do you know he or she might be right? He is no different than you.

Truth and progress must be constant work and this requires courage, on both sides. It takes the courage to speak up for what you think is right, but it also takes the courage to admit that you are wrong, which is I’m sure you know, harder.

Conflict, when done right, should be seen as an opportunity, not as something to dread. It simply means that there is something that could be done in a better way or something that should be stopped immediately. Conflict, when well managed, is good.

“The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.” 
― Augustine of Hippo

A great complement to this read: Separation of tasks

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