Ch 6 - It’s not about a trophy (66’), Ch 7 - The most powerful weapon (80’), Ch 8 Talent not required (71’)
In these chapters, we get to dive into Goggins’ career as a runner (particularly an ultra runner). The chapter highlighting his first 100 miler is one of the most literally unbelievable part of this book to me, but it really happened. In classic style, he then continues to look for the most challenging, grueling, and suffer-filled ultras and triathlons out there.
One concept to which he returns several times is the 40% idea - i.e. that most of us are only operating at about 40% of our potential.
In running, I know I’ve had those days where I surprise myself, where I find I’m able to push harder, dig deeper, run faster or farther than I’d previously though. Was that there all along? Maybe I just wasn’t pushing hard enough.
Have you had a time where you surprised yourself like this? Have you ever realized that your potential was higher than where you’re currently operating?
This idea is particularly true in running, but I’d love to hear your experiences in other contexts, from work to personal life to studies. Let us know!