I have experienced both ways, and I know that I want to take the path that is nicer. Obviously, there will be two paths that are both hard. But with faith in Jesus Christ, we can always choose the one that will be less hard and more rewarding. Only through Him can we know how to get through life.
So let's leave the "No Pain, No Gain" to those exercise kings and queens. We know that we can do things without having to experience the pain.