Pain is weakness leaving the body

There’s no way to improve or get started without aggravating something first.

If you want to write, you’ve got to push the words out of your brain and onto paper or your computer screen. If you want to recuperate from a sprained ankle, you need to endure the hurt of stretching it out first.

The Marines have a saying: “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” If you want to do anything, you have to persist through pain first.

Most people stop at the first prick. That’s why they’re mediocre. Greatness comes from starting something painful and fighting through it every day. The beautiful struggle takes practice.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.