learn to love the pain

Ever wonder what makes people endure marathons, triathlons, ultra-distance cycling races? Their perception of pain is different from normal peoples’ perception of pain.

Ever wonder what makes people quit their jobs and endure the ups and downs for entrepreneurial life? Their perception of pain, risk and reward are different, from others’.

We came across some research that studies the perception, tolerance and sensitivity to pain among athletes, with interesting results: Endurance athletes and soccer players endure pain longer, tend to have a higher tolerance and lower sensitivity to pain, than non-athletes.

It seems to me that we’re unlikely to find one neat mental trick that distinguishes pain gluttons from pain avoiders. Instead, successful athletes likely have an array of different mental tactics for dealing with different types of discomfort in different contexts.

Perhaps the tolerance is higher because they developed coping mechanisms to manage their pain.

Compare that to a world in which we have entrepreneurs that develop products, services and who build companies. These people have sleepless nights, live a life of uncertainty and doubt but are willing to give into that pain, to bring progress to the world. What are the personality traits of these people? Resilience? Grit? Passion?

Thank you, Outside Online