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Understanding Pain: A Money Analogy

Understanding pain

Most people don’t really understand why they get injured, possibly because they don’t understand the body. But everyone understands money, so in this post I want to help you make better sense of why you are getting hurt and how to reduce the likelihood of yourself getting hurt, using financial principles. I’m going to be weaving in and out of physiotherapy and financial principles so hope you can follow.

Imagine your body as a bank account, and whatever you have to do on a day to day basis requires withdrawals from your bank account. Withdrawals can range from small ones (walking, housework, sitting) to big ones (sport, lifting, hiking). If you are someone who constantly withdraws and doesn’t have much in the bank account, eventually you will hit a negative balance and you will not be able to withdraw anymore.

When you hit 0, your bank will send you a notice, called ‘PAIN.’ This is to let you know that you need to take some action, like get a loan or to build your wealth. You can take a loan from multiple sources (adjustments, massage, theragun, panadol) and this can help top up your bank account so that you can continue to withdraw.

Short term pain relief

But this is just a short term solution, as you will need to continue to take more and more loans out to reduce the likelihood of the ‘notices.’

So what’s the other alternative? Building your wealth

Building your wealth can come in 2 ways, either withdrawing less or depositing more money. There are some people, when presented with the ‘notice’, will begin withdrawing less by withdrawing from activities, because they don’t like getting these notices, they hurt.

These people’s quality of life also decreases because who doesn’t like spending and buying things you love??

So what’s the final solution? Depositing more money into your account, and making little ‘investments’. We’ll call these investments ‘exercise’. Each time you make a small investment/deposit, your bank account will increase. But a problem people run into is they stop making deposits because they aren’t seeing returns after 2 or 3 investment sessions.

Guys, you can’t get rich quick.

Don’t pull out of the market before you let your investments work for you.

Ok, so if you can be consistent and have a long term outlook on these little deposits (Big deposits are nice but can be unsustainable), then this bank account is going to look nice and full of money. And when you have an account full of money, you can pay for your daily expenses (work, house-chores, and still have extra $$$ to buy what you want (recreational sports, power-lifting, hiking, dancing).

So basically, if you want to have less injuries, build up your account with little deposits. And also manage how much and frequently you withdraw. 


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