“In essence, when you practice and develop any skill you transform yourself in the process. You reveal to yourself new capabilities that were previously latent, that are exposed as you progress. You develop emotionally. Your sense of pleasure becomes redefined. What offers immediate pleasure comes to seem like a distraction, an empty entertainment to help pass the time. Real pleasure comes from overcoming challenges, feeling confidence in your abilities, gaining fluency in skills, and experiencing the power this brings. You develop patience. Boredom no longer signals the need for distraction, but rather the need for new challenges to conquer.” ~ Robert Greene, Mastery
“Too many people believe that everything must be pleasurable in life, which makes them constantly search for distractions and short-circuits the learning process. The pain is a kind of challenge your mind presents—will you learn how to focus and move past the boredom, or like a child will you succumb to the need for immediate pleasure and distraction?” ~ Robert Greene, Mastery
“Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard, via How To Live A Good Life
As humans, we are wired to seek pleasure and to avoid pain.
Cookies; Nutella; and Netflix.
Soft couches; sleeping in; and social media.
Push-ups; Lettuce; and Cardio.
Reading books; rising early; and writing blogs.
When given the choice, instinctually speaking, we will choose cookies over push-ups.
Or Netflix over cardio.
Or social media over writing blogs.
Unless we learn learn the power of delaying gratification.
“Pain is not a punishment. And pleasure is not a reward. You could argue that failure is not punishment and… Success is not reward. They’re just failure and success. You can choose how you respond.” ~ Sarah Lewis, The Rise
“Some of my greatest pleasures have come from finding ways to overcome obstacles.” ~ John Wooden
“Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation?” ~ Jane Austen
“The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.” ~ Charles Lamb