Lean Lessons from History
If lean is about learning, then we must find sources of learning everywhere. One place I look not so much for inspiration but for specific lessons is from the sayings of successful leaders of the past. Consider what a ‘lean quote book’ would look like and what would be included. I’ve collected many quotes from other leaders and I’ll share one now. Gandhi once said:
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
What does that mean for lean? I believe the ‘live as if were to die tomorrow’ means that we have to work harder to pursue our dreams and in lean lingo, pursue the ideal state, because there is not a limited amount of time. Don’t put off the journey just because you have a couple fires to fight. ‘Learn is if you were to live forever’ means that we must learn every day and pursue learning as a process, not just an isolated opportunity.
But more importantly, what does this quote mean to you? Share your perspectives on the comment line.
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