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No Pain No Gain?

I’m willing to bet there’s enough people old enough in here with me to remember when this particular nugget of truism came to be.

 

I’m pretty sure it dates back to the early 80’s.  I remember when I was stationed at Ft. Carson in the mid-80’s one of my fellow soldiers having a picture of a cute girl, glistening with workout moisture, No Pain No Gain printed across the front of her half-shirt.

 

So it’s been around that long, maybe even into the late 70’s?  If you know, do share!

 

I was reminded just today about how hackneyed and worn-out this cliché is for me, and the next thought I had?

 

It’s also, in most cases, a bullshit concept.

 

Let’s look at working out first, presumably where the expression came from.  Well, if you workout to the point of an injury you no longer get to train, right? 

 

I don’t think “pain,” at least acute pain is what your personal trainer REALLY wants. 

 

You work a muscle to exhaustion, and then the process of good fueling (protein, etc.) builds you up.

 

I don’t know, maybe I’m full of shit here, but I do not HURT myself when I work out, and I still get the gains I expect.

 

So…

 

Does it work anywhere else?

 

I would strenuously object to the idea that I have to go through pain to build my business. 

 

You should, too. 

 

If you love what you’re doing, and love helping the people you serve, why should that be a source of pain?

 

You make gains in business, IMHO, through taking massive action on inspired goals.

 

When a brilliant idea pops into your head unbidden that’s divine intervention, baby!

 

Trust it, right it down, and act on it.  NOW!

No pain, no gain, indeed. 

 

That’s why I do CFO services and taxes, ladies and gentlemen.  Think of me as local anesthesia for the business operation.



{Originally posted on June 7, 2020 via Facebook}



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