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Friday, September 3, 2021

Lean Quote: Hard Work and Labor Day

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.

"It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.  —  Theodore Roosevelt

Any form of achievement, big or small, always begins with work. Personal and professional relationships won’t progress if we don’t pull our weight.

There may be stress and exhaustion at times, but it is through work that we constantly rediscover and motivate ourselves to be better. It is also through work that we feel pride in our abilities to use our skills, contribute, and maybe even make a difference.

If we love the work that we do, our duties even give us a sense of purpose and meaning.

The idea of work provokes deep thought on this Labor Day. Labor Day encourages us to honor all the workers who toil for a living —  sometimes overnight while the rest of us sleep. We honor the visionaries working to help us all enjoy better, healthier and safer lives. Let’s be thankful for the folks who work in seemingly mundane tasks that make things so much easier. Please know that your efforts make a huge difference in the success of your team. 

Labor Day is a special occasion to honor all workers with a well-deserved day off. It's also a time to fire up the grill, take a trip to the beach, shop for bargains, or simply relax while enjoying a cold brewski or two.

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