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“The pain will go away, but a win is forever.”

Last night, I went to the #Pittsburgh #Real #Estate #Investors Association meeting.
I ran into a guy who I haven't seen in 7 years. His name is Eric and he is now a very big investor in the Pittsburgh market.
But 7 years ago, he wasn't.
He was a home inspector that would come into the gym I worked at everyday at 5am. When I got to know him, I found out he was an ultra marathon runner. Meaning, he would run in Marathons that were a hundred miles long.. and would last 24 hours or more.
His perspective on life blew me away.
He told me a story that I wrote about years ago and I featured in my first book.
And I will summarize it in this post.
He shared his story of being in a race where, in the last few miles, he realized he was in first place. Then, all of a sudden, his leg began to lock up... Making it very very difficult to move let alone run.
Since he never won a race before, he knew he had to block out the pain. He told himself over and over.. "the pain will go away, but a win is forever."
Whether it was a day, a week, a month, or a year, he knew the pain would subside eventually. But, the first place trophy and the feeling of winning would live on forever.
So, in excruciating pain, he crossed the finish line first. If he didn't, he would have regretted it forever.

Those words echo with him into other parts of his life. As an investor, and an entrepreneur, he admits there are going to be moments of pure pain. But he doesn't focus on the pain, he focuses on the feeling of the win.

Truly poetic.
So my question to you is this:
What type of person are you❓

Do you focus on the pain... Or do you focus on the win?

When people reject you, when you don't go as far as you want / as fast as you want, when the days become the darkest, when nothing seems to go right, when a deal falls through, when people lie to you.. or ignore you. What do you do? Do you quit? Or do you keep hobbling along?

Our life is a series of choices. It only comes down to..Do you want it bad enough?

Pain will go away... But a win is forever.
Thanks Eric!



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