How to Find Greatness Within Yourself | David Goggins | Goalcast

How to Find Greatness Within Yourself | David Goggins | Goalcast


– I got called nigger everyday
of my life growing up. Live in a small town. One of the high-ups in the KKK, son sat behind me in two classes. So he called me nigger all the time. Got my first car. They spray painted “nigger
we’re gonna kill you” on it. And I was weighing like 297 pounds. So, I was just an insecure, scared kid. But the best thing that happened
to me, no one helped me. I had to figure out I wasn’t gonna be a punk kid all my life. So the only way I could turn
it around was to suffer. I had to build callouses in my brain, the same way I built
callouses on my hands. So I broke the Guinness Book
of World Record for pull-ups a long time ago, but I failed at it twice. And I did 67,000 pull-ups in
trying to break this record. So to do 4,030 pull-ups, I had to do 67,000 for training for that. – [Tom] Wow. And so, what I realized is for me to become the man I wanted to become, I saw myself as the weakest
person God ever created, but I never blamed God
for anything He did to me. So I wanted to change that to be the hardest man ever created. Am I that? I don’t know. But you had to have a goal. And my goal when I was sitting
there, not going to school, being bullied, having no
self-esteem, my goal was, the only person that can turn
this person around is me. I was so driven, and I’m
not gonna say motivated, ’cause motivation’s crap. Motivation comes and goes. When you’re driven,
whatever’s in front of you will get destroyed. We live in an external world. Everything is, you gotta see
it, touch it, it’s external. If you can for the rest of your life live inside of yourself,
stop listening to people who are calling you fat,
gay, transsexual, nigger. Everything that is makes no sense. All these insecure people putting
their insecurities on you, you gotta flush it out. You gotta just be whoever the hell God, or whoever the hell you believe in, if you believe in nothing but yourself, I don’t care what it is. You gotta take everything
and throw it away. You have to believe in one
thing and that is yourself. And I’m not saying don’t believe in God, or what you believe in. But right now, for you to
find greatness in yourself, you’re not gonna find
it by looking in a book, or by even hearing me. I may give you the spark, but you’ve got to go
inside yourself to find it. How? That’s the question. How are you gonna do that? Thicken your skin. Become more of a human being. Don’t be afraid of the
reflection in the mirror, ’cause that’s all you can be afraid of. Once you overcome the
reflection in the mirror, on the other side is greatness! That’s what people don’t understand. By me running, I am callousing my mind. I’m not training for a
race, I’m training for life. I’m training for the time when I get that two o’clock in the morning
phone call that my mom is dead, or something happens tragic in life, I don’t fall apart. I’m training my mind and
my body and my spirit so it’s all one, so I can handle what life is gonna throw at me. Because the life I’ve lived,
it throws a whole bunch at you. And if you’re not physically
and mentally prepared for that, you’re just gonna crumble, and you’re good for nobody. In times of suffering, what we do is we forget how hard we really are. Okay, that’s what suffering is. Suffering is a test, it’s all it is. Suffering is the true test of life. The beauty is remembering
this young, dumb, what people called nigger, is now where I’m at today. And that is, when you finally
get to that point, for me is forever lasting peace. Greatness isn’t running
200 miles at a time, or doing 4,000 pull-ups,
you’re being a SEAL. Greatness is whatever the hell you’ve dreamed of in your own mind. You gotta first see it, you
gotta first create this vision in your mind, and then
that’s when I come into play. Once you create this vision in your mind, it’s how am I gonna get there now. We are all great. No matter if you think you’re dumb, no matter if you think you’re fat, no matter if you are fat. No matter if you’ve been bullied, or no matter if you just got
back from Iraq or Afghanistan and you have no legs or
your arms are, whatever man. We all have greatness. You gotta find the courage. You gotta find the courage to
put your Bose headphones on and silence the noise out of this world, and to find it. (majestic music)

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