The Two Pains in Life: Which One Would You Choose?

Updated: March 19, 2022

Pain is a part of life. And no matter how much you try to avoid experiencing pain, there will be times when it is inevitable.

Pain is good because when you feel pain, it means that you are still alive. If you don’t feel pain, you’ll never know that touching a flame hurts, and you could end up with fingers burned to a crisp!

If you don’t feel pain, you won’t learn how to love and deeply care for another person. Because you don’t know the pain of loneliness.

If you don’t feel pain, you will go through life numb from its beautiful ups and downs.

According to Jim Rohn: “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”

Given those two kinds of pain, which one would you choose?


Choosing One of Two Pains

It is painful to develop discipline — to live within your means, delay gratification, stick to your budget, manage your spending, continue learning.

But honestly, I would rather suffer through those, than experience the pain of regret. To realize later on in my life all the things that I could have done, all the things that I missed, and all the dreams that I had to let go of.

A lot of us want to avoid pain because it’s an unpleasant feeling.

But there are some pains that you must choose because it’s the only way to change yourself, become better, reach your potential, find your purpose and fulfill your dreams.

Let me end with another quote, this time from motivational speaker, Les Brown:

“The graveyard is the richest place on earth because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.”

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  1. Thanks very much for all the articles on empowerment Fitz! It helps me deal with my many failures in life.

  2. Difficult choices. Of course, I believe we would all rather experience the pain of discipline rather than feeling regret, but sad to say, in reality I think many of us have done the opposite.

  3. It is good to step back from our favourite hobby of creating and building new business ventures and working on investments to do some self assessment. Never experiencing any sort of pain in relationships, business or your own body, I think, certainly would prevent you from appreciating your successes.

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