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Kaizen Story: No prior mindset

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George Dantzig, a great mathematician is known for his Operations research and systems Engineering. An interesting incident happened at Berkeley in 1939 when he was a student. One morning, he arrived late for his statistics class and he quickly copied down the two problems on the board assuming they were homework. Assignment took him several days to work through the problem and finally he had a breakthrough and dropped the homework at the professor’s desk the next day.

Six weeks later, his excited professor, announcing the acceptance of a paper based on his proof, visited George. Since George was late on that day, he didn’t know that the two problems on the board were unsolved equations. Since George was working without any limitations of impossibility, he could crack the mathematical mind-teasers that had stumped mathematicians for years.



A few lessons from the story:

1. George solved the problem because he didn’t know he couldn’t

2. We are limited only by our thoughts

3. Ignorance of something gives you a blind confidence

4. When we don’t know something is difficult or impossible, we will have a positive approach.

 Contributed By: Mr. Vinod Grover

Author: Kaizen Institute - India!

Kaizen Institute – India is part of the Global Kaizen Institute operations. Kaizen Institute was established by Sensei Masaaki Imai, the GURU of Kaizen. He wrote the 1st book 28 yrs ago and that is when it all started . We operate in 30+ countries today and have over 400+ coaches helping more then 600 organizations Learn, Apply, Sustain – Kaizen/ Operational Excellence. In India we have two physical offices – Pune & Ahmedabad and 27 coaches in all.

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