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Friday, February 18, 2022

Lean Quote: The Harder the Conflict, The Greater the Triumph

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.

"The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.  —  George Washington

In everyday life, people face various challenges and trials which in turn create different conflicts in life. The things or challenges that are difficult to overcome yield the most exhilaration once they have been accomplished. If one is not challenged enough to do better or persevere in their understanding, they will be lured to quit at the slightest sign of failure or resistance. 

When faced with a challenging situation, a person becomes stressed and uncertain as to the possibility of whether they will be able to sail through or conquer. If one does not have such an experience, they will not be able to look back in pride and say to themselves that they made it. Despite the fact that it is important to experience pain and setbacks in order to gain a spirit of achievement, the end results outweigh the memories of misery. The great effort put towards completing a given task allows a person to feel happy even in cases where the desired end result was not achieved. 

Notably, many great leaders, thinkers, and business people faced many challenges on their way to success. However, through perseverance, they were able to turn failure into a success story. In essence, the outcomes of great efforts translate into a glorious achievement and feeling of being victorious.  

Different situations call for different approaches with each requiring varying degree of effort to achieve. Some tasks or situations may seem humongous to achieve often leading people to give up along the way. However, those who persevere to the end attain a high level of happiness as they are able to look back with pride and say as Washington put it that “the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” 

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