Hard Choices Easy Life, Easy Choices Hard Life.

Ben Thomas
4 min readFeb 1, 2022
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There’s this quote by Jerzy Gregorek, this Olympic weightlifter, that I can’t help but hear in a thick Polish accent:

hard choices easy life, easy choices hard life.

Quotes usually work because they say so much with so little and this one really goes above and beyond in simplicity.

Simply put, Gregorek is telling us that a life filled with pleasure seeking and procrastination (easy choices) will inevitably lead to a difficult life as one’s disregard for time catches up to them. Inversely, a life filled with making the right decisions, which are usually difficult, such as getting out of bed early or choosing between Netflix and studying, will be hard in the present but will also pay-off in the future. Your life will be easier.

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As F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote in his charming grammar: Nothing any good isn’t hard. It always seems like the things in life that are the most worth it are also the most time-consuming and gruelling to attain. Is this really true or are we blindingly committing to some sort of Calvinist work ethic? maybe just because something is hard to do doesn’t mean its worth…