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Friday, February 1, 2019

Lean Quote: Always Do Your Best

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.

"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." — Og Mandino

We have all heard, “Always do your best.”  Whether it came from our parents, a teacher or sports coach, doing our best has always been a cliche-motto echoed throughout our lives.

Our work reflects in the output and it says a lot how we value our work. Excellent work will only give out excellent result.

You reap what you sow. If you do a great job, the results will be great as well. Successful leaders believe in great commitment and even greater work. They don’t simply through the motions. They commit by investing time and effort onto everything they do. Whatever they do, they do their best.

It is important to do your best every time. Why? An excellent work gives you an excellent result and a lousy job gives you lousy result. Also, whatever you do today, you will benefit from them, tomorrow.

Successful leaders don’t just happen overnight. It takes time to become successful. What’s the secret of their success? It’s doing their best everyday. Their success is an accumulation of all they have worked for. They didn’t get successful in an instant. There is no genie in a bottle that granted their wishes. It is all from the time they dedicated and their hard work.

Like the quote said, “What you plant now, you will harvest later.” It goes both ways if you choose to do your best or a mediocre effort. If you do your best, well you get all the benefits of it in the future. But if you only give 50% of your efforts, chances are you won’t reach your goal anytime soon.

Continuously working excellently can help you reach your goal sooner rather than later.

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