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Retired US Navy Seal David Goggins has one powerful message to investors

Brian Sozzi
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Retired U.S. Navy Seal turn best-selling author David Goggins has a message to investors who think they have it all figured out amid 2019, which was highlighted by 20%-plus gains in the major stock averages.

Avoid complacency and stand clear of it at all costs by staying mentally disciplined and hungry to learn and grow more. That means continue one’s research driven pursuit of undervalued stocks, don’t be afraid to take gains on stocks that have climbed excessively and never forget that stocks never only go up in a straight line.

“One thing I try to do is to win the war of the morning. A lot of times when you get complacent in life it’s because you don’t have different goals set every day of your life,” Goggins explained on Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade. “We get to a point in life where we think we have arrived. We have this arrived mentality.”

Added Goggins, “When you have this arrived mentality, there is a finish line in your life. And once you get to this finish line in life you are done. I don’t have a finish line. I don’t stop when I am tired. I stop when I am done. We aren’t done until we are dead. I constantly have this pursue and attack life mentality.”

It’s hard to not think that most investors will enter 2020 with a complacent mindset.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 have surged 28% and 21%, respectively, year-to-date. A household name that is owned in most equity portfolios, Apple (AAPL), has skyrocketed 78%. Household net wealth has risen nicely in each quarter of the year on the back of the strong gains in stocks and higher real estate values.

For the most part, stocks have been on autopilot all year long despite constant fears over the U.S.-China trade war and various tweets from President Trump. Credit for that goes to three rate cuts from the Federal Reserve and a U.S. employment market that continues to produce record lows in the unemployment rate.

Lone Pine, UNITED STATES: Competitor David Goggins, 31, a US Navy Seal, faces Mt Whitney and the last 13 miles (21kms) of the 135-mile Kiehl Badwater Ultramarathon, 25 July, 2006, in Lone Pine, California. This foot race covers 135 miles (217kms) non-stop from Badwater, the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet (85.5 meters) below sea level, to Mt. Whitney Portals at 8,360 feet (2,533 meters) above sea level. Temperature in Death Valley hit 126F (52C) and three mountain ranges are crossed, making this one of the most demanding and extremem running races in the world. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

Goggins knows a thing or two about avoiding complacency, which is on full display in his book “Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds.” The book is on Yahoo Finance’s ‘Best Business Books of 2019’ list.

Once weighing 300 pounds-plus and unsure of his goals in life amid growing up in a rough part of town, Goggins wound up in the Navy Seals in some of the most brutal conditions known to man. It was there where he explored ways to push his mind and body to the extreme in the pursuit of personal growth.

Goggins went on to become an ultra marathoner and holds the world record for consecutive pull-ups — 4,030 over the span of 17 hours.

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