<<Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort. ¬ John Ruskin >>
When you’re known for poor quality on what you sell, on what you do, people tend to ignore you.
Your previous customers buy somewhere else.
Your competitors make more money than you.
And then your profit starts to fall.
Before you know it, you are on your knees reworking your strategies.
To some, this stage is the end.
But for the smart ones, it’s a learning point.
If you are smart you then manage to call back your customers once more.
And customers, decide to listen – after all, they know you.
After all, they have been shopping from you not so long time ago.
Well, Japan had such a reputation.
Back in the days, poor quality costed them a lot.
So they had to rethink their production methods and processes.
They had to analyse and redefine quality in a way that served them.
They had to decide how they were going to change the bad PR they had.
So they employed the now famous – Kaizen philosophy.
This philosophy stands for a continuous improvement of working practices, personal efficiency, or anything that when improved would add a notch of quality in the end.
As a result, Japan made it through the storm.
Of course, business historians will tell you that this didn’t take a day… or a week, or even a year.
But after 20 years, Japan was on top on the world for quality.
And that has remained so ever since.
Now, what about you?
And what about me?
What’s our CPI?
What’s our Continuous Personal Improvement (CPI) methods?
Do we actually want to continuously improve?
Well, the answer is simple.
If there is no continuous improvement then we become Greece.
If there is no constant improvement we end up lifeless.
Lifeless because it’s nature’s way for us to grow… not to stay where we are.
If we aren’t going up, then we are going down.
Wallace D. Wattles did write in one of his books that, as human beings, we are meant to grow. And that, unless we do so, we remain useless and burdensome.
You see, it only took the Japanese 20 years to go from known for poor quality to be known for durability and great quality.
The good news is, we can beat Japan on that.
Because as people, we can double our usefulness in just 30 days.
We can rise from the unknown to the very best in half a year.
But here are the conditions:
- only if we know what we want
- only if we know where we want to go
- only if we know when we want to get to where we are going
- and only if we act as if we are there already.
The life of continuous improvement continues to pay dividends to all who embrace it.
And here is the good news.
We don’t have to make big changes, because small changes work wonders just as well.
And small changes, small improvements don’t require much investment in terms of time or money.
So, what’s your CPI strategy?
How do you seek for better ways to improve yourself and improve the quality of what you contribute to the world?
How do you take ownership of your life by making sure that you are a blessing?
In the last 24 hours, have you improved, have you grown to a better version of you?
If you have, well done to you… and keep that momentum going.
But if you haven’t… think about it.
Think about it because that’s not a sign of an increasing life, but of a dying one.
I am choosing to live an increasing life.
The life of continuous improvement.
What about you?