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6 Elements of a Kaizen Mindset

We’ve talked before about what a kaizen mindset means and how to apply kaizen in your life. Nurturing the following six elements will help you cultivate a kaizen mindset. 1. Seeking knowledge Even if we’re looking, it isn’t easy to see how and where we can improve; we need other people to show us. A […]

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Fuck someone else’s perfect

Perfection is an illusion of the mind. It’s natural, though, to look at all the ‘perfect’ pictures on social media and wonder if they have something we don’t. But there is no one-size-fits-all magic solution to get what we want overnight. We might get lucky, but even winning the lottery screws people up. And trying […]

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It doesn’t matter how you make the bed

You’ve probably heard of the US Navy Admiral who speaks about how making your bed can change the world. He even wrote a book about it — he was obsessed. But with good cause. Our physical surroundings affect our behaviour, and mess causes stress. Being the kind of person who makes their bed makes us […]

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Philosophy

What is the difference between Kaizen and other suggestions of improvement?

The kaizen philosophy is the grandfather of many ideas and methods of improvement out there. This blog will look briefly at what kaizen is and how it compares to three other common improvement philosophies, Lean, Six-Sigma, and Poka-Yoke. What is Kaizen? The idea of Kaizen came from Japan. The word itself means ‘improvement,’ but it […]

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Philosophy

How to Apply Kaizen in Your Life in 5 Easy Steps

Kaizen is a business philosophy and a powerful tool for achieving goals and personal growth. There are many books about kaizen for self-improvement but its often difficult to see how to apply it to your life Here’s how you can apply kaizen to reach your goals in five simple steps: 1. Self-reflect to find your […]

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200 shitty words a day

Nobody knows who said this but I suspect Mark Manson made it up in his book The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck. In the story, he asks a prolific author how he managed to write 70 novels. The author’s answer is simple: 200 shitty words a day. That’s it. That’s the secret to motivation. […]

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How to win the stock market

The people that make the most money in the stock market aren’t day traders. Ever. They’re the patient ones. The people who wait it out. They’re not trying to make a million today, or even tomorrow, because they know that if they turn up and put in a little extra every day, they’ll be head […]

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Books

11 books about kaizen for self-improvement

This is my reading list for books about applying kaizen principles in your life. I haven’t read them all, or in fact, very many of them at all.  As I read and digest each of these books over the next year, I’ll write a more personal, opinionated version of each abstract. Until then, this is […]

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Philosophy

Where did kaizen come from?

Like most great things, Kaizen wasn’t ‘invented’ by one single person. It was developed over the last century from a simple word to a powerful practice philosophy that can be used to get whatever you want from life. Here’s a brief history of where kaizen came from. Kaizen is just a word that means ‘improvement.’ […]

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What if you had to live today forever?

We watched 50 First Dates last weekend. It’s the one where Adam Sandler gives up chasing all the women to chase one (Drew Barrymore) who will never remember him for more than an afternoon — because she has anterograde amnesia. Drew can’t remember a single day since her memory was damaged. She does the same […]