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Friday, June 7, 2024

Lean Quote: Love What You Do and You Will Be Successful

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.

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.  —  Alert Schweitzer

The late Steve Jobs has shared many habits required to be successful and I selected a few to highlight. However, when asked for a single piece of advice essential for success Jobs answered, "you must be passionate about the work you're doing".

Without passion and the ability to leverage our specials skills and abilities, our work day is less satisfying and the contributions we make may be less than what we are capable of.

Below is a list of 7 Key Habits Jobs felt lead to success:  

1. Read every day

Both for enjoyment and relaxation and to also keep abreast of changes within your industry.

2. Make your health a priority

Pay attention to your emotional and physical well-being and "listen" to what your body is telling you.

3. Learn from people you admire

Make the time to absorb the behaviors and actions that make a difference.

4. Plan your day the night before

Do you remember the old Franklin Quest planner? The idea was to document what MUST be done each day, as well as additional actions that could be delayed if needed.

5. Keep your goals in front of you

Ensure that all your actions and behaviors support their attainment.

6. Take action, even when it’s scary

Indecisiveness does not serve us well; do your homework, decide, and take action.

7. Have an attitude of gratitude

Things don’t always go as planned but take the time to appreciate what has gone well and celebrate success.

Habits can’t be developed overnight; you will have to consistently build them.

They should be fostered, cultivated, and nurtured. 

Success requires us to be passionate about what we do. We must feel energized by the work we do. We must build strong, lasting, and supporting relationships.

In the words of Steve Jobs – “In the first 30 years of your life, you make your habits. For the last 30 years of your life, your habits make you.”

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