David Goggins: How I Went From 300 Pounds To Becoming A Navy SEAL

David Goggins: How I Went From 300 Pounds To Becoming A Navy SEAL

My idea to become a Navy SEAL was me on
my couch at 297 pounds with a box of mini donuts and a chocolate milkshake. It wasn’t like it was,
like, some Eureka moment. Over a period of time of just living in
my own head, I got sick of being haunted by being nobody. I was in the Air Force for about four years,
and my big thing was I wanted to be Air Force Pararescuemen, some of the best medics
on the planet earth. As I got in the program, I started
realizing that they had this thing called water confidence. Basically, they make you
very uncomfortable under water. So I realized at that point in
time that I hated being under water. I hated holding my breath. For six weeks, I hung in the program. I didn’t sleep at all for fear of going
back to the pool, for fear of drowning in my head. About six weeks in, we had this physical,
and they realized I have sickle cell trait. Back in the day, I used to lie about
whatever made me feel insecure. On my official paperwork out of pararescue
training, it has David Goggins left on a medical, but the truth of the
matter is, I left because I quit. I had to find a different
job in the Air Force. In four years, being in the
Air Force, I gained 125 pounds. I get out of the Air Force, and
I’m working for a job spraying for cockroaches. Forty restaurants I was in charge of. I go in at nighttime, and I spray. I would stop at Steak ‘n
Shake, get a large chocolate milkshake. I would go across the street to
7-Eleven, get a box of mini donuts. On my way home, I’d be
popping donuts like Tic Tacs. I would get home, turn the TV on. This is my routine. Start taking a shower, and listen
to the TV as I’m showering. This particular day, I
started hearing, “Navy SEALs.” “Toughest training.” And I was hearing it cut out
between the water hitting my ears. So I came out of the shower. At the end of the show,
this commanding officer gives a speech. He says, “We live in a
society where mediocrity is often rewarded. These 22 men detest mediocrity.” I invented this thing called the accountability
mirror when I was growing up, and I got a chance to go into that mirror
and look at myself and call myself out. “I’m afraid of this. I’m afraid of that.” Being raw and real about who I
am and about what I’m hiding from. And so to overcome all this, my bright idea
was to try to become the one thing I was afraid of, a Navy SEAL. That day I started
calling recruiters up. And for two weeks, this happened. This recruiter laughed at me. That recruiter laughed at me. This recruiter said, “There is no way.” And every time I heard a
no, I said, “You know what? It’s not meant to be.” So I get back in my car and start
driving back to work, and after I’d be at work for a few hours, man I’d say,
“Man, you can’t give up that easy.” So I finally said, “This is my
last call I’m going to make.” He was real busy. He said, “Just come on in.” People don’t walk in the office trying to
be a Navy SEAL weighing 297 pounds. You walk in looking the way I look now. So, he brought me back to a scale, and
I remember looking in front of me was a height-weight chart. For me, I’m 6-foot-1. I could only weigh 191. I had to lose 106 pounds
in less than three months. So I went on this crazy, crazy,
crazy routine and eating hardly nothing, and in less than three
months, I lost 106 pounds. I’m the only person in Navy SEAL history to
be in three Hell Weeks in one year. Hell Week is 130
hours of continuous training. I got into Hell Week, got double
pneumonia, stress fractures, got rolled back to day one, week one. I broke my kneecap, so I reported back
to day one of Navy SEAL training broken. And we had a guy die in my third
Hell Week, so Hell Week ended about 30 hours early. I had severe stress fractures. My knee is now blown up again. I knew I wasn’t going to get a
chance to go back through Hell Week again. I made a decision to
myself, there’s no more quitting. So that’s when I went and got duct tape. For the first 45 minutes, the duct tape
hurt like hell, but after 45 minutes, my legs would go numb. Once stuff goes numb, you can’t feel it. So that’s how I went through the rest
of 22 more weeks of Navy SEAL training. I was already at rock
bottom my whole life. So when you know how rock bottom feels,
you don’t mind sleeping in the sewer. So at that point, once I realized that
I already experienced the bottom, I no longer had fear of failure. But this took a long time. This wasn’t like I woke up, “Oh, Eureka! I got it.” I started realizing that the mind is
the most powerful weapon that we have. Once I was able to quiet my mind and
realize that I was really not cursed but blessed to have so many tools I never
saw as tools while growing up, so much hardship, only thing that can happen
for me now is just victory.


  1. Meanwhile at GTA San Andreas, you can become Arnold Schwarzenegger by just going in the gym for less than a week

  2. I really want to become a marine at age 30. Even though i run 3 to 6 miles a day and lift weights. I feel discouraged not passing the asvab and i can't do pull ups. Almost every recruiter i went to dont seem that helpful or want to help me.i wished there was a recruiter out there is willing to help me out and work with me. I feel so disappointed and discouraged like faith failed me

  3. I hit rock bottom myself, at 31 working a job I hate & being out of shape. I honestly let myself go, I blame myself for it nobody else. 1 month ago I got tired of the way my life was going, walk into a recruiter office for the Army told him I wanted to enlist. I passed the test, went to MEPS. Currently going to ship to Ft. Benning, GA on September 16, 11Bravo. It takes true courage to step up & call yourself out on the BS you've been doing. Its not going to be easy, it will be a challenge but I'm up for the unknown.

  4. All I’m saying if he passed the hardest training course to be apart of a highly special forces group anybody can do anything…

  5. Great story. Dude also has awesome genetics cause he lost all that weight and doesn’t have loose skin. He looks like he was never fat at all😱

  6. Don't take this video as if you're not a seal you're a failure. But basically, don't quit, and become something better than your past self. Become a doctor, College professor, international translator, etc.

  7. This guy is my inspiration. I don’t plan on seal training but intend on bettering myself for either airborne school or being a corpsman sometime soon

  8. It's always the water. being underwater always bugs the most people out. I remember doing dunker with people who had no problem swimming at the lake on post but as soon as the water goes up your legs and chest and finally your head people just lose it. mad respect for having that level of fear and doing probably the single most intense thing possible involving that fear

  9. I listened to his audiobook Cant Hurt Me, been in the gym 5-6 times a weeks ever since. If you read/listen to his book, you'll really understand how powerful this man is.

  10. This guy grew up with every single adversity you could possibly think of. I don’t think most people quite realize what he has accomplished, and how unbelievably remarkable it is.

  11. Interesting logic. He didnt invent or create for others. To be a somebody he thought being a hitman for government pedo made him a somebody.

  12. That’s not impressive. What’s impressive is this guy became USAF TACP, then join navy to become Seal. failed BUDs 3x and then succeeded. Later went to ranger school and graduated with “top honor man”. 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️ talk about looking for challenge

  13. I can't swim, I'm not fit, and my room is where I spend most of my time. But I suddenly feel the urge to join the navy.

  14. The mind IS the greatest weapon. You can achieve happiness without doing all these. He wanted to prove something and he did. Great job tho.

  15. My brother his a marine he was 6’7 and 235 and he was always a athlete he came back 220 pounds in pure muscle and he was 10x more athletic and he was stronger metallic

  16. I can relate to the water exercises, doing my dive masters I had quite a lot of sketchy moments, can be scary for sure. But once you overcome the fears it gets really easy.

  17. I'm 15, weight 220lb, this year I'm flying to Colombia and train with my dad for the next years my goal is to join the marines and become a marine raider

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