Creativity Productivity & Work

Crime and ‘Punishment’

When most people think of punishment, they think of negative consequences — jail for committing a crime or a lawsuit for tax evasion.

However, voluntary punishment, like stress, can also have benefits.

The US Marines have a saying: “Pain is weakness is leaving the body.”

Sometimes you have to punish yourself to get better. You need to wake up early, to exercise, and do your homework.

Punishment is synonymous with resistance. People want pleasure, not pain. Some consider writing punishment, but it is more like a bicep curl for the brain. As the writer Steven Pressfield likes to say, “the pros play hurt.” The pros play even when they are not motivated.

If you want something, you need to be able to wrestle with punishment. You need to persist in strengthening weaknesses.

Defining punishment comes down to perspective. There are obvious repercussions for doing the wrong things. However, punishment can also be the fuel that helps people progress.


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.


The World Reclines (In Less Clicks)

Reduce friction.  The less clicks it takes to get to the end result the better.  

Technology companies are accommodating short attention spans with things such as pre-fill, pre-populated content, signup/login through Facebook and Twitter, and saved credit card information.  

Every shortcut imaginable is set in place to keep clicks to a minimum, ideally less than three.  

While this is a great user experience and saves time, the implications for such ease are creating a mentality of laziness based on speed.    

People are expecting are shortcuts in real life.  

Unfortunately, outside the computer there’s no way to progress without putting in the work and mastering the steps. 

Unless you’re creating something, you’re not connecting the dots.  Automation doesn’t just happen.  That tutor and Ritalin may get a positive habit started but eventually you’re going to have to do the work yourself and do it naturally.

The Marines have a saying:

  Pain is weakness leaving the body.  

In order to get something, work for it.  1-2-3 checkout is an Internet habit, not a real-life one.