For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare—poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, David transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world’s top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside Magazine to name him “The Fittest (Real) Man in America.”
David, sharing Scott's story in his book - "For years I was obsessed with that story because he'd survived the impossible, and I resonated with his survival"
“If cut muscles had the same rating on the Moh’s scale as cut diamonds, Master Sgt. Scott Gearen’s infrastructure would come up a hard 15. What else can you say about a bodybuilding Airman whose near-fatal parachute jump would have reduced most mortals to splattered road kill?”
"They told my family I was dead (initially)." Gearen said. "Then they told them I would never walk again.” At that point I said, “OK, I'm going to do this.” Eighteen months after the accident, Gearen jumped again.