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No Pain, No Gain?

It’s completely true that you can’t accomplish anything without going through some sort of
pain. That’s why I agree with the statement, “No pain, no gain.” One example of this is
getting your body into shape – it is painful, but you gain something out of it in the end.
Another example is Nelson Mandela, who, even after many years in prison, re-emerged
stronger than ever to fight against racism.
I’m sure that everyone wants to be fit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t just come with the snap of a
finger. You have to work out regularly and improve your stamina. If you are quite unfit at the
beginning, it will take a lot of pain on your part to improve your physical fitness – if running
the extra few meters will make you fit, go for it! Also, if you’re inflexible for your age and
you want to be more flexible, the best way to do that is to stretch. Yes, it might hurt at first
and yes, it’s painful, but you will be able to do a lot more sports and improve your physical
fitness by being flexible. You might be asking: What’s the gain? The gain is that sports make
you happier throughout the day, improving your look, inside and out, helping you concentrate
better, making you sleep longer as well as drastically improving your health, reducing the risk
of getting diseases such as cancer, and making you live longer. Wow, that’s a lot of gain!
That’s why pain is worth it – for imagine if you never exercised at all, never ran that extra
few metres, and never stretched? You would be overweight, moody, and at the risk of getting
major diseases (among many other reasons). I’d much rather be the first group of things listed
above rather than the second – wouldn’t you? That’s why this is a good example of “No pain,
no gain.”
Even though the things that happened to Nelson Mandela for most of his life were unfair,
(namely being sent to jail for many years) he still fought on throughout the rest of his life. He
didn’t give up, even though he was in jail for so many years – living on rations of food and
wearing the jail outfit, he would get his friend to sometimes sneak in a copy of the local
newspaper to him so he could find out what was going on in the world. In jail, he would be
planning ideas for what he would do once he was released. Because he went through pain, it
actually made him a more patient person. When he was released at last, he fought against
racism and eventually became president of South Africa. Later on in life, he earned at least
fifty awards – which is a great gain from the pain that he went through for most of his life in
jail. If he hadn’t fought his way out of jail, he wouldn’t have become president of South
Africa and definitely wouldn’t have won any awards. Even though most of his life was pain,
the remainder of his life resulted in great gains that would make him famous forever. He
might have been able to accomplish all of this without going to prison, but I actually think
that it made him a better person.
In conclusion, nothing good can happen to a person without some pain. Some people might
think that pain only happens to bad people, but in truth, it happens to every person who
wants to make a difference in this world. That’s why you have to realize that nothing is going
to hand itself to you – you have to work for it. And if that means going through some pain, it
doesn’t matter, for if you work hard enough, you’ll definitely get some gain out of it.


A farmer had three sons. They were strong and handsome, and proud. But they
were idlers and spent their time roaming about in the town. They considered it below them to
work in fields with their father. The poor father did his best to impress upon them the
necessity of hard work, but they were deaf to his advice. He was extremely troubled bye their
behaviour. “If they do not work, they would starve,” he thought. It was a terrible thought and
it shocked him so much that he fell ill. His sons did all to save his life but he did not improve.
At last the doctor told them that he was on the verge of death.
Even on his death-bed, the old man was thinking about his sons. Just before
his death, he had a wonderful idea. He called his sons and told them that he had buried all his
wealth in his fields. But he did not tell them the exact place of the treasure, and breathed his
After his death, his sons went to the fields and began digging up the earth.
They dug very deep but found no treasure.
Then they thought that they should sow their fields, and so they did. That year
they reaped a rich harvest and sold it in the market. One night when they were counting their
earnings, the youngest brother realized that it was this reassure their father had promised
them. He told his brothers and they were happy. They wept and thanked their dead father for
what he had done for them.

Moral: No pain no gain. Noting venture noting have.

The Red Hen and Her Friends
Once, there lived a hen with her five chicks. The hen was as red as beetroot. She had three
friends : a duck, a cat and a dog. They all lived happily.
One day, the red hen stumbled on to a wheat seed. “Hey, who among you wish to plant this
seed?” she asked.
“Not me, friend” refused the duck.
“Nor can I.” declined the cat.
“Count me not.” the dog turned his back.
“All right. I will do it then by myself,” said the hen. She planted the see and watered it. Alas!
It grew quickly to yield the brownish wheat. “Hi! There, who among you wish to harvest the
wheat?” asked the red hen.

“Not me, friend,” the duck sounded bored.

“Nor can I.” shrugged the cat.

“Count me not!” avoided the dog.

“If so, I will do it by myself,” the red hen spoke up as she laboured all day along. By evening
she had two gunny bags full of wheat.

“Hello pal! Who among you will lend me a hand to grind this wheat? She queried. All the
three refused as usual.

"I will see that I grind this by myself. I will make flour, knead dough and bake bread!” she
announced. The next day she baked delicious bread.

“Howdy, who among you wish to eat this bread?” she asked merrily.

“I want to!” answered the duck, smacking her lips.

“Me too!” said the cat with his mouth watering.

“Yummy, smells good,” spoke up the dog, shuffling his feet eagerly.

“None of you can have a bite! I slaved in the field and at home. Only my children and I are
entitled to eat this bread!” So saying the red hen fed her chicks and ate a sumptuous meal that

MORAL : There are no gains without pains.


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