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Redefining Success: Killing “No Pain No Gain” Culture

No pain no gain has become an ethos within American ambition. This saying, a driver of determination, may not have the best outcomes.
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Many suffer through pain and hardships in pursuit of perfection. Photo by Aarón Blanco Tejedor on Unsplash.

Ever since Jane Fonda popularized the saying “no pain no gain” in 1982 with her series of aerobic workout videos, that idiom has reverberated throughout American culture, becoming a saying of inspiration to those who strive for improvement. As a symbol of effort, determination and a synonym for success, many ascribe to this saying as a way to push through their struggles, believing that by somehow experiencing something painful, one grows through pain. From athletic spaces to academic spaces, “no pain no gain” has served as a reminder to those who strive for perfection; however, as inspiring as this common term sounds, is success worth pain and injury?

As illustrated by gymnast Simone Biles in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the pursuit of excellence in exchange for pain resulted in her dropping out due to the “twisties,” where she became too overburdened with stress from competing, resulting in dangerous malfunctions with her body. Many, especially athletes, engage in overly intense activities to push through their limits and grow, neglecting to prioritize safety and recovery; as they do so, the one saying goes through their mind— “no pain no gain.” While forcing one’s limits is a commendable pursuit, the overexertion, lack of rest and ignoring physical warning signs often results in injuries, both acute and chronic. Whether it’s a ballet dancer pushing through pain to perfect a scene or a student sacrificing sleep for a perfect test score, this mentality often leads to burnout and lasting health issues. 

With a toxic relationship between success and pain, along with the constant pressure to endure pain to attain perfection, many end up attributing success to pain. This approach often fosters a negative relationship with success, as individuals may start associating achievement with suffering, making them hesitant to pursue their goals. Along with that, extremists also believe that without pain there is no success, further compounding to their physical and mental suffering. This philosophy often promotes unattainable  lifestyles where all aspects are perfect. In pursuit of success, many sacrifice crucial aspects of their lives, such as sleep, relationships, and leisure time to attain excellence. This relentless drive can lead to a work-life imbalance that is neither healthy nor sustainable. The stress and strain associated with this mindset can result in burnout, strain, injury and a lack of enjoyment in life. In the quest for gain at all costs, individuals may find themselves with successful careers but ultimately unfulfilled, painful and unhappy lives.

“No pain, no gain” perpetuates a culture of toxic competition and comparison. When individuals constantly measure their worth against others, more are willing to sacrifice health for perfection. Moreover, this mindset often neglects the importance of balance, ignoring that rest, recovery and self-care are essential aspects of well-being secondary to achieving success.

While the “no pain, no gain” philosophy may have good intentions, it’s essential to recognize its flaws and the potential harm it can cause. Achieving success should not come at the expense of one’s physical and mental health, nor should it require the constant endurance of pain and suffering. A more balanced approach to life and success is needed; one that acknowledges the importance of rest, recovery, and mental well-being. It’s crucial to restructure success not as the result of pain but as the pursuit of meaningful goals while maintaining a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Pain does not equate to success. 

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Alan Shr, Opinion/Editorials Editor
Alan Shr is a junior at Green Hope High School. This is his second year at the GH Falcon, and his interest in journalism was inspired by seeing influential works from other publications. Alan enjoys writing about a variety of topics, especially opinion pieces. He enjoys psychology and is the founder and president of the Psi Alpha Honor Society. Alan hopes to be a dermatologist when he grows up, especially providing essential care to underprivileged communities. He hopes for a great year and to make a positive impact on the GH Falcon.
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