Pushing through pain

October 13th, 2009

Naturally we shy away from pain. ย However there are times when we should push through it and others where we should just quit.

You probably have heard someone say if it’s not coming easy, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it and to back off let it happen naturally. (ie if you ought to be doing it it should be easy).


You are doing something completely new and it’s painful because you haven’t experienced it before – you should push through.

So which is it?

There is no strict answer, you learn through experience.

However in the meantime pick up The Dip and have a read, helps you learn when to stick and when to quit.

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2 Responses to “Pushing through pain”

  1. Nathaniel Flick Says:

    Ben, great thoughts!

    I think with any project worth doing there are a set of parameters for creating, building, and finishing it that let you know whether it is succeeding or not.

    A good business plan is the benchmark against which you measure the steps mentioned above. Of course there’s good old economics too – if after a certain point you are losing more than you’re making and it’s unsustainable, cut it loose! This lesson may teach you more than any of your successes combined so don’t treat it as a failure.

    Loving what you are doing can influence your decision as well. I’m thankful Thomas Edision didn’t give up those 999 times he was unsuccessful before he discovered how to make a lightbulb consistently work on try 1000. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Steven Says:

    I think pain is fascinating, more so because I currently have an injury that causes me to be in severe physical pain everyday. There is no doubt pain can be annoying and push your life in ways you didn’t expect. But it can also awaken you to ideas and thoughts you probably didn’t consider before you felt that pain.

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