"Learning is a gift, even when pain is your teacher.”
This quote comes from Jim Stovall's book The Ultimate Gift. It perfectly describes how the principles of growth and learning correlate with success in life. Here are a few thoughts on that correlation:
1) Success is not a destination such as a title or an achievement; it's a journey full of pain growth and learning. Those that embrace the painful lessons and learn from them are the ones that experience the longest journey.
2) Pain is actually required to grow and learn. Just like a muscle grows stronger by rebuilding after being torn, each painful lesson teaches us something that better prepares us for the next challenge.
3) Comfort and complacency are the enemies of growth and learning. If every day is a cake walk, you can rest assured you are cutting your journey short.
One day when you look back on your life, you will be able to say one of two things. If you kept your life comfortable, you can say "Man, I sure played it safe.” Or, if you filled your journey with pain, growth, and learning, you can say what Gus from Lonesome Dove said on his death bed, "By God Woodrow, it's been one hell of a party.” The choice is ours to make.