Thursday, December 3, 2009

CAN'T SLEEP

Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can not do something. All my life I heard that I couldn't do something. My mom was working 2 jobs and going to college. I was an African American kid in an all white school. They tried to say that I couldn't....but I did. I wanted to be a Navy SEAL. They said I couldn't because I was too big and couldn't hardly swim....but I did. They said I couldn't go to Ranger School because my schedule as a SEAL wouldn't allow it....but I did. They said that I couldn't run 100 miles because I had never ran a marathon...but I did. They said I could never complete the Ultraman because I had never done a triathlon...but I did. Now they say I can't do RAAM because it's too soon. It's not safe....but....
Life is not always going to be this care free happy place that we would like it to be. What life throws at you is a lot of negativity. It's what you do with that negativity that makes you a stronger human being. When you hear the words, no, you can't, impossible, never...what do you think to yourself? Do you cower inside and run from the challenge. Or do you face it...head on...asking for more?
Failure is an option. It's what you do with the failure that makes you who you are. Our failures mold us. I have failed at several things in my life. What sets some of us apart, is that when we fail, we can't sleep at night. It haunts us until we have our time at redemption.

34 comments:

  1. Thanks for these words...tonight I really needed to hear this. Hope all is well...Happy Holidays!

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  2. You're a badass and an inspiration.

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  3. David - I really look forward to your posts. Lead by example!

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  4. This post is on point!! When they shut you down, you come harder at em' , and that's what fuels the drive!!

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  5. Thank you David, I had never meet you and you are an inspiration for me. Life is unfair and probably for this reason is intense. you will ge it.

    Martin Castillo

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  6. Thank you for this comment

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  7. David, exactly 13 months ago you gave me a inspiring wake up call. At the time I was only running 2-5 miles. This past weekend I ran 60 miles in an ultra. Thank you for your continued example and inspiration! Charles (Houston)

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  8. thanks for the post.. mad inspiration every time..motivates me... i check on your blog daily so keep em coming. thanks again.

    mk

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  9. I can't tell you how much you inspire me, David. Amazing to read your blog, inspires me in whatever I do. Keep up the good work!

    Philip in Sweden

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  10. Thank you. My earliest memories are that of my mother and brother (Special Forces)telling me "There is no such word as can't." I was born with a mild case of cerebral palsy and spent the first 4 yrs of my life in the orthopedics and physical therapy.Thanks to my family's and my determination I overcame all of it. To this day as soon as someone tells me I can't I immediately do it.
    2.5 years ago, I learned how to run and swim and finished a short course triathlon, followed by a 5K, then a 10K, a few half marathons and then the NYC marathon last fall.Here I am..who knows what is next. But the word can't really does not exist.

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  11. Congrats birthingjourney, you're an inspiration yourself! David thank you for yet another motivating post. While it remains tough to understood why God allows all of the suffering, misfortune and disadvantage in this world one thing is clear. He has placed his warriors amongst us as inspiration. David you're one of these warriors. All that we have control over in this world is our attitude and the choice to get back up after we fall. Again, thanks for the post David. God Bless and Happy Holidays.

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  12. Sorry, that should read understand instead of understood obviously. Long day and fast typing don't mix very well. :-)

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  13. I remember when I first completed the Hawaii Ironman, I had really struggled. I was completely out of gas and the bike had been windy and tough. After an all out effort over the last 7 miles of the run, I finally made it to the finish at 11:42 pm (with about 17 minutes to spare). At the prize-giving meal the next day, I truly understood the meaning of the Ironman motto: "Anything is possible!" Thanks for your encouragement.

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  14. I had followed your blog all year long going through PA school. I have a printed copy of your Runner's world cover on my wall to remind me that anything is possible if you set your mind. I use your same method of determination in athleticism in the classroom. Some people didn't believe in me and I, at one point almost didn't believe in myself. Somehow through perseverance and unwillingness to give up, I am graduating this Friday. The military physician assistant program is a tough course and I have you as my inspiration. On top of that I improved my physical fitness score to close to maxing after a knee athroscopy on my meniscus last year. Balancing academics and physical fitness definitely was a challenge but when the tough was coming I had a reminder over my desk of the people that supported me and an icon like yourself. Thank you for who you are and your actions that is so inspirational.

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  15. David-

    Good to hear your spirit is well! Back in January I began training for my first 50-mile ultra after many years of falling in and out of shape. Last month I over achieved and completed the 50, but continued on to run 93 miles that day. My entire perspective on life an limitations has been blown away through this experience. This weekend I am running 26 miles to the start of the Dallas white Rock marathon to then run the marathon. Just a 52 mile training run to get ready for the next 100-miler. Thanks for the ongoing inspiration. To quote someone we all know..."I did alot of things i thought were impossible. nothing is impossible anymore."-David Goggins

    Check out my running inspired blog also...
    http://wordsmything.blogspot.com/

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  16. Leadership hurts... but we didn't ask for the easy way out. Just finished my first marathon; my knees are jacked up and I tore a tendon in my foot. I will be at BUD/S soon enough; hope to see you out there.

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  17. I will be facing my demons in 8 weeks (RR100). This time I will kick it's butt with a smile.
    Good post.

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  18. Hi David I hope your recovery is going well! When ever I feel flat and need inspiration to train I go on You Tube and watch your videos. I have adopted your saying of "The only easy day was yesterday". Looking forward to following your comeback and watching you smash more goals keep the updates coming. I'm now in training for my first Ultra Marathon and it's refreshing to hear your perspective on life and training.

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  19. I am going to be competing in the Superfrog and was just wondering if you were planning on competing as well? Thanks

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  20. David,
    I have to say you inspire me till this day. I remember when I first met you while we were stationed together for a brief period in Indiana. You were always training and never quiting at what you do. A couple of months ago I was at a doctor's office waiting to be seen, then saw Runner's World magazine and I was very impressed to see you on the front cover. I want to say Thank you to you and your family for the support you have given. Merry Christmas and have a safe Happy New Year.

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  21. I have great hope for you in this endeavor. Just listen to your body and push when you can and rest when you need. (But you know this!) I had open heart surgery for the same thing and wasn't able to take the rest I needed. I injured myself so much that 6 years later I am still managing to recover. Good luck and safe journey.

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  22. Thanks for the positive words.

    People do read your "work" and it helps.

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  23. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of people I have ever written to without actually knowing face to face.

    But I couldn´t miss this opportunity to say that you, David, are completely positively totaly wrong.

    The first frase in you website is "I am nobody special". It couldn´t be more wrong.

    Being able to do all these that you do for such a noble cause and being able to also inspire so many people along the way makes you more than special!

    If the world had more of you, surely, it would be a better world.

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  24. I wanted to see how you are doing.I am glad to see you are doing well. Your post was awesome. I appreciate the message as it strengthen me. You do inspire. I appreciate your unselfish, worthy cause. You dont want to hear this I am sure, but you are a MAN amoung men.

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  25. IF YOU DON'T KNOW ME DON'T JUDGE ME

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  26. Thanks for this David.
    Your messages strike a chord.

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  27. David, you inspire me to become a Navy SEAL that many believe I can't become. Your story brings me inspiration to follow a path similar to yours. God bless you and thank you for being my role model.

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  28. I don´t know if I can reach David Goggins with this mail, but I hope so. I have a question: My name is Annie Thielemann, I am 15 years old and live in Germany with my Mom. My Dads name is Gregory Dale Goggins (58 years) born in Chicago and lives as far as I know in California - LA.
    I never saw him in my live and wonder since the name Goggins is not very popular if you might be a nephew of him, so to say my cousin???? My Dad Gregs Mom is called Ruby and her husband Marcellus. If you are a relative of mine, please let me know. Yours Annie If not please excuse this mail and I wish you all the best for your athletic carreer and your life. Annie

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