David Goggins net worth: David Goggins is a retired SEAL, endurance athlete, author and bad mofo with a net worth of approximately $2.5 million dollars. Here are 10 things you should know about him.
1. David Goggins was born on February 17, 1975 in upstate New York. Childhood was a living nightmare for him. His alcoholic pimp-of-a-father used to beat him, his brother and his mom, senseless. As you can imagine, this messed him up mentally.
2. School wasn’t much better for David. He was fat and weak. He had a learning disability. He experienced racism. Afraid, angry, insecure and always overcompensating, he hated the person he saw in the mirror.
3. At 19, he joined the Air Force. He began training for Pararescue, an elite unit whose job is to save downed pilots in water. This despite being a terrible swimmer and scared to death of open water. Still, Goggins was making his way through one terrifying water challenge after the next, until a surprise diagnosis of “Sickle cell trait” sent him home for a week. He could return, but would have to start the training all over. He decided to take the “out” he had been given. And, even though it appeared noble enough, deep down, he knew he’d quit on himself.
4. Fast forward to age 24. David had ballooned to nearly 300 pounds. He was working as an overnight exterminator, spraying restaurants for cockroaches—for a measly $1,000 a month.
5. When Goggins got off work at 7 a.m., he would swing through Steak ‘n Shake, order a large chocolate milkshake, then head over to 7-Eleven for a box of mini powdered donuts. He’d polish all that off on the drive home, then blast the TV so he could hear it while he showered. This was his routine every day. Until, that is…
6. One morning, he heard something about “Navy SEAL, hardest training”—blaring in the background while he showered. He hopped out, caught the end of the program and decided enough was enough. He was sick and tired of being a nobody. He wanted to feel accomplished like the men he had just watched on TV. So he started calling up recruiters that same day. After weeks of hearing no, one recruiter gave him a shot. But there was a catch: he’d need to lose 106 pounds in 90 days to weigh in under the 191-pound-limit for SEAL training. Miraculously, he pulled it off. And this was the start of David Goggins 2.0.
7. Next up, Hell Week: 130 hours of torturous training on essentially no sleep. Goggins had to suffer through three in under a year. Attempt one was cut short by pneumonia. Attempt two, he actually completed, but fractured his knee shortly after and couldn’t complete the next phase of SEAL training. Attempt three, despite painful stress fractures, he dug deep, passed and finished all subsequent requirements. Goggins graduated from BUD/S training in 2001 and was assigned to SEAL Team FIVE. He would later serve in Iraq.
8. Goggins went on to graduate from Army Ranger School, as well, becoming a “Top Honor Man” in the process. He is the only person in history to have trained in “elite ops” for the Air Force, the Army and the Navy.
9. After his unprecedented military career, David Goggins wanted to continue to master his mind and see what his body was capable of. Enter: endurance events. More than 60 ultra-marathons, triathlons and ultra-triathlons would follow. Additionally, he beat the Guinness World Record for pull-ups, completing 4,030 in 17 hours.
10. Goggins details all of this and more in his bestseller, Can’t Hurt Me. He’s also a highly-paid inspirational speaker. He posts short videos to his Instagram, usually in the middle of a grueling workout, reminding his millions of followers to, “Stay hard!”
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