I recently read about the Japanese practice of Kaizen – a philosophy that embraces the need for continuous improvement. It’s a bit of a Zen idea in which tiny improvement each day leads to huge improvement over time. While its roots are in lean manufacturing, what I’ve found most interesting is the application to personal life. The idea of always getting better at something which leads to personal satisfaction and happiness.
It’s really simple – take a few minutes (or as little as 1 minute) each day to work on something you haven’t mastered but you’re interested in, for instance learning a new language. By not making a huge time commitment, you’re breaking down a challenge that at one point may have seemed daunting, into small pieces and improving a little bit each day. Over a period of time, you’ll find that through this process you’ve mastered what it was you set out to achieve.
At VIA, we believe that it’s imperative to always improve, both in our professional lives and personal. To foster this, we make sure that everyone in the company seeks out an area of continuing education that applies to our work life and support them fully in their effort to get better. Not only does this help us stay on our game, it also leads to greater satisfaction for our team.
I highly recommend trying the Kaizen approach for yourself. It’s easy and the results along the way will bring you joy and happiness!