Pain Is a Signal of Improvement

Be it programming or life, you have to push through your comfort zone to expand your capabilities. If you are unwilling to do that, you’ll lead a very unfulfilling life.

It is a fundamental law of nature that to evolve one has to push one’s limits, which is painful, in order to gain strength—whether it’s in the form of lifting weights, facing problems head-on, or in any other way. Nature gave us pain as a messaging device to tell us that we are approaching, or that we have exceeded, our limits in some way. At the same time, nature made the process of getting stronger require us to push our limits. Gaining strength is the adaptation process of the body and the mind to encountering one’s limits, which is painful. In other words, both pain and strength typically result from encountering one’s barriers. When we encounter pain, we are at an important juncture in our decision-making process.

Ray Dalio, Principles

Every day I try to push myself and challenge my beliefs from the day before. The more I read new topics or tackle difficult tasks, the better I feel.

Progress and Persistence

This quote from Steve Jobs has nothing to do with product design and everything to do with moving society forward.

Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want. And every day you discover something new that is a new problem or a new opportunity to fit these things together a little differently. And it’s that process that is the magic.

Don’t rest on your laurels. Keep pushing.