Opportunity is Dressed as Hard Work




“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like hard work.”

                                         —Thomas Edison



I found this quote awhile back and have kept it close ever since.  It is one that reminds me that if I want to make a difference I need to work hard for it.

From a lean lens, this means digging in and finding the true root cause of the waste.  Not putting a band aide on the issue or treating just the symptom of the problem.  It is hard work to take the time to dig deep and find the true root cause.  It is hard work to have patience to continue to understand the problem when everyone around you is jumping to conclusions and solutions without understanding the problem.  It is hard work to do things right.

But if we do put on those overalls and do the hard work, in the end we create better change and better improvements.  That will also help us standout from the crowd who mostly is looking for the easy, shiny, magic silver bullet so they don’t mess up their clean suits.  That can be very rewarding.  That is what can keep us motivated and moving along.

Posted on March 30, 2012, in Engagment, Improvement, Misc and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Matt-I love the Edison quote. You illustrate the connection to Lean well.

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