David Goggins is a man of indestructible mentality. He created his presence as a soldier, athlete, motivational speaker, and New York Times bestselling author. He is widely renowned as the only man in the United States Army Force to complete the Navy SEAL Training, Army Ranger School, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller Training.
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Early Life, family, educational background
David Goggins was born on 17 February 1975, in Buffalo, New York USA, into an African American family. The truth of David’s childhood was horrible, but he did not hold it as a cautionary tale.
His father, Trunnis Goggins, was a difficult man who owned a skating rink called Skateland and a bar called Vermillion Room, ran prostitutes all the way to Canada, and carried terrible tendencies. David’s mom, Jackie Gardner, was his dad’s emotional punching bag. The soon-to-be inspiring man of the decade grew up cleaning the toilets of Skateland with his mother and older brother, Trunnis Jr, when he was a kid because he feared the menacing fists of his father.
When David was about seven to eight years old, his father beat his mother up and dragged her down the stairs by the hair. As his long-repressed resentment settled in, David jumped on his father’s back and made sure he sunk his claws into the abuser’s face.
His defiance ignited his father into bruising him. The police showed up, but it was clear that Trunnis harbored impunity. It sent the cops chuckling back to their cars. With the help of law enforcement officers out of the question, the beatings continued for another year until Jackie orchestrated an escape with the help of an old neighbor. They fled to Indiana where David enrolled in a Catholic school called Annunciation.
David was discriminated because of his color. His family struggled financially, and his mom was hustling with three jobs for it. He tried to deal with his social anxiety and a learning disability. Both were products of the trauma his father left him. He was hopeless and in a lot of pain.
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— David Goggins (@davidgoggins) December 25, 2020
By the time he landed in his junior year, he messed up and flunked his classes, missing a quarter of school. He embodied the black kid that all racists detest because he felt he had no purpose. However, there still was an unwavering light left within him. He wanted to join the Air Force.
David’s grandfather had a job in the Air Force as a cook. It was with his grandfather’s shared knowledge that captivated David to be a Pararescue jumper. He took the week-long Pararescue Jump Orientation Course (PJOC) in his freshman year.
As a result of skipping summer workouts for reasons such as holding a grudge against his coaches, David was kicked out of the basketball team. Basketball was the only thing keeping him from botching his life. The expulsion gave him zero drive to attend school.
That is, until he scored way below the cutoff of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. The ASVAB test was designed to evaluate aspiring soldiers. It determined their concentration skills, eagerness to study, and work ethics. David, however, took the test with the only weapon in his arsenal, cheating. He got 20 answers correct out of 99. He needed to build a good lifestyle from square one. He deemed himself worthless until he fashioned his own Accountability Mirror. Gradually, he worked on everything. He made up his own strategies to study for the ASVAB test. He failed the test a second time, but on his third try, he passed the minimum standard to join the Air Force.
David was nineteen years old when he entered the Air Force boot camp. He weighed 175 lbs (79 kg) and his height was up to 6’2’’.
He did not anticipate that they would test his water confidence in Pararescue training. Being in water sucked the life out of him and when they discovered that he had a sickle cell trait, they put him on medical leave with only four weeks of training left. How the trait would affect him remained indefinite and he already lost too much time. He was left to choose between repeating ten weeks of hell or being pulled out of the training. Eventually, he entered the Tactical Air Control Party (TAC-P), and was discharged four years later, unable to join a Pararescue unit, weighing 297 lbs (135 kg).
Too much shame dawned over David. After working as a security guard at St. Vincent’s Hospital, he got a job at Ecolab. By twenty-four, he was spraying repellents over cockroaches and he hated every minute of it. He was overweight and purposeless.
A downcast force was shadowing over him until one fateful day, a Discovery Channel show “Class 224” beckoned him to face his fears. He wanted to get his act together. He called recruiting offices to become a Navy SEAL however, he had to take the ASVAB again. Only, he needed to meet a higher score to get into the Navy. He also had to lose 106 lbs (48 kg) in three months. Despair enveloped him once more. In those trying times, he was reminded of how Apollo Creed looked at the relentless Rocky. Bloodied and bruised, Rocky did not back down. After that, David finally formed his conviction. He pushed himself out of the seemingly comfortable routine he once slumped in.
Receiving news of getting into the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training was fullfiling enough for David.
But despite the enthusiasm, his wife, Pam offered him an ultimatum: pursue his BUD/S training or stay in their marriage. David chose to live a better life and so, he went on with the BUD/S. In 2001, he prevailed and finished the training at the top of his class after three attempts. He was deployed to Iraq and served there with his SEAL team.
Army Ranger School
David read about other branches in the military and the Army Ranger School was superlative in the instruction of leadership. He wanted to ‘go the distance’, and so, he challenged himself and signed up for it. He graduated Army Ranger School and was dubbed Enlisted Honor Man.
In his first attempt at running, he could not even accomplish his goal at four miles. He only survived 400 yards. Though, everything changed for him the minute he set his mind to transcend.
After all that training he went through, he participated in at least 60 races.He is an ultramarathon runner, triathlete, and ultra triathlon runner. He was placed among the top three of most of his races. He once held the Guinness World Record of 4,030 pullups in 17 hours.
Motivational Speaker and Author
Every stepping stone David managed to cross was a distinction of how he broke through his limits. He kept on going and influenced others to do so as well. With an ironclad mindset, he went on to be a motivational speaker for those who experienced trauma and could not get out of it. His book “Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds” spelled out his sincerity and shared his hardships to the ones who’re stumbling.
He was once in their shoes. In his words, he burned with passion and empathy, making the world a better place and not leaving anyone behind as the people in his life stuck with him through thick and thin.
David’s net worth is estimated to be around $2.5 million, while his fiancee, Jennifer Kish has a reported net worth around $15.5-22 million. He accumulated over $240 thousand from serving in the military. He gains $107 thousand per year from his motivational speaking. His self-help book was distributed on December 4, 2018 and had generated over 900,000 sales in its first four months of release.