Friday, June 25, 2010

Lean Quote, June 25, 2010: Desire

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

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“The winner ain't the one with the fastest car its the one who refuses to lose” - Dale Earnhardt, #3

I picked today's quote in part because I am on my way to the NASCAR race in New Hampshire this weekend and in part from it's lesson.  Desire and drive to win (no pun intended) can't be replaced by tools, technology, or engineering.  You still need a willingness to win and an overall refusal to lose.  Winners aren’t afraid of challenges, they go after them.  Winning isn’t something that is handed to you. You must do the preparatory, ground work if you’re going to win. This translates into our lives and our work in the same manner.  To improve you must truly want to change and be willing to work hard to make it successful.  It is this desire that sets successful individuals apart from others.

Everyone has to start somewhere and not everything will go to plan. The achievers of this world are not discouraged by initial failure, this is fundamental to their success.  There is no shame in failing before you finally succeed as all successful people will testify.  With every failure comes the chance to learn something new for another opportunity.

All achievements no matter how significant they are to others begin with a burning desire to get the result intended.  In the human mind there is a power that is hard to explain.  It is the ability to focus positive thoughts on achieving the thing that is wanted most. Success is sometimes a thing that at first seems impossible. The word 'impossible' has no significance to someone who possesses a burning desire.

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