Author Rob Steffens
The Person: Benjamin Franklin
Founding Father Benjamin Franklin may be the smartest guy who didn’t end up president. A brilliant scientist, engineer, mathematician, and linguist – among others – his writings and work in the public sphere helped to define some of the early American spirit.
No gains without pains.
source: The Franklin Institute
Yes, this iconic quote – which you’ve probably heard spoken around and about the gym dozens of times – actually comes from Poor Richard’s Almanac all the way back in 1745.
It can refer to the rigorous work of self-improvement, of course, but there’s more. There are few things more painful than feeling like you’ve failed, but each setback sparks opportunities to better yourself.