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Kaizen Story: The boy who learned to swim

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A little boy once wanted to learn to swim. His parents took him to the local swimming pool and enrolled him with an instructor. After a few weeks, he had learned the basics of swimming and could perform a few strokes, travelling a few feet before stopping. His parents cheered and clapped. But the boy thought that he could still do better. So he kept going to swimming classes and after a few more weeks, he was able to swim across the little pool that he was learning in. His parents cheered and clapped. But the boy thought that he could still do better. He kept training and after a few more months he was able to swim an entire length of the main pool. His parents cheered and clapped.

But the boy thought that he could still do better. He kept training and was eventually able to turn and swim back the other way. After a few more months, he was able to complete a few laps of the pool in one effort. His parents cheered and clapped. But the boy thought that he could still do better. He started to enter swimming competitions and eventually won his first race. His parents cheered and clapped. But the boy thought that he could still do better. He went to the ocean and swam from the beach to a pier a few hundred meters away. His parents cheered and clapped.

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But the boy thought that he could still do better. He entered an ocean race that was a couple of kilometers in length and won at the first attempt. His parents cheered and clapped. But the boy thought that he could still do better. So he stood on the beach and looked out over the ocean, out to the horizon beyond. He wondered what the limits were on what he could achieve and whether he had reached them yet. And he aspired to something greater and set about planning how to achieve it.

Moral Of the Story:

We’re all that little boy. We all have some basic skills at something. Let’s not stop there. Let’s go from basic skills to competent. From competent to good! From good to great!

From great to expert! From expert to world-class! Look out to the horizon, dream big dreams and find a way to be magnificent

Acknowledgement: story taken from http://www.betterlifecoachingblog.com

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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