Pain Is Weakness Leaving the Body

The Marine Corps uses the saying “Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body” as a recruitment slogan and a way to push recruits and Marines through physically and mentally tough times.  On the surface, it demonstrates that when you exert yourself, it allows you to grow and push the pain threshold further than you thought was possible.  Take pull-ups for example; not only is this a killer exercise, but it is a staple that the Marines use as a fitness test, not because it adds value to the specific job, but because it is what I call “a great equalizer”.  I don’t care if you are the fastest person, can dead lift the most weight, or are have an intelligence level that rivals MIT graduates: if you don’t do pull-ups you will suck at doing pull-ups.  The only way to get better at doing them is to do them; that’s why the Marine Corps incorporates them: it builds self-discipline.  As simple as it sounds, most people suck at doing pull-ups because they are hard, but the great thing is that anyone can do pull-ups if they commit to the pain and embarrassment of practicing them and getting better.  There are countless things in life that mirror the same thing.  How do entrepreneurs get better at running their business? They practice their craft, they make mistakes, and they get embarrassed by their failures, BUT, they all learn how to do it better the next time.  I preach all the time that failure is the pre-requisite to success, and I will continue to preach it until I die because it is entirely 100% true.  I do not trust people who claim to be successful, but cannot point to at least one time where they failed so hard that they thought they could not recover.  The difference between successful people and everyone else is that the successful people embrace their failures and extrapolate the lessons to be learned, and then they apply those lessons to the next time around.  Tom Brady is the best quarterback to ever play the game because he has worked his butt off to learn from the times he has failed and corrected those mistakes moving forward.  On a micro level, football players, particularly quarterbacks, read what the opposition is doing and audible their strategies when they see the other team reacting in a certain way.  If you are out of shape, you have to be able to see what the game is telling you; sugars and spice are not everything nice.  If you want to get in shape it takes pain and suffering to be able to cut out bad foods, incorporate exercise, and maintain an active lifestyle to get to where you want to be.  Just like pull-ups, this is all on you.  You cannot expect anyone to bear the brunt of pain that it takes for you to grow and get to where you want to be.  Go find things you are not good at, but think you may enjoy and just do them.  If you fail, good, you will learn something, and then you can get better for the next time.  Pain is weakness leaving the body, because it gives you room to store lessons learned through suffering.