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Friday, July 21, 2017

Lean Quote: Never Stop Learning

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.

"Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of non-knowledge." — Isaac Bashevis

No matter how smart we think we are, how much we study or how much we actually know, it will never be close to knowing all we can because knowledge is endless. There will always be someone who knows more than you, there were always be new knowledge about certain things being brought to our attention and we will never stop learning, even if we want to.

The most successful people I know all have one primary thing in common. They never stop learning. They are continuously interested in and looking for better ways to do what they do: To train; to teach; to learn; to perform. They never stop looking for the competitive edge! They intuitively know that the competitive edge that they may have mastered today will be replaced soon enough by the competitive edge of tomorrow! Simply put, no matter how successful they became, they always maintain a beginner’s mind.

What's a beginner’s mind? You go into situations open-minded like a "beginner" with the attitude that no matter how much you know, there's always more to learn! When you approach experiences with a beginner's mind, wonderfully surprising things happen! You make unexpected discoveries that will help you become smarter, faster, stronger and a more highly evolved athlete/person. Maintaining a beginner's mind will insure that your passion and motivation for your sport remains at a high level. This is what happens when we learn new things. It creates an excitement which, like a building, surging wave, you can "catch" and ride to new heights!

The day that you think you know it all, is the day that you stop learning and growing. It's the day that you start regressing and going backwards!

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