When I have plenty of free time, such as during summer when I’m not working, I try to read as many books as possible. Right now I’m reading three books: 1Q89, The Obstacle is the Way and Big Little Man. Books that are all very different.
I devouring the content like crazy because I am eternally curious about Japanese culture (1Q89 takes place in Tokyo, Japan), self-improvement and philosophy (The Obstacle is the Way is about stoicism and how to overcome life’s many challenges), and understanding the complex dynamics of being Filipino in America (Big Little Man is an autobiography of a Filipino journalist immigrating to the U.S. and the challenges of growing up Filipino with his cultural and historical baggages). I am curious to learn and to hopefully apply the things I learned from the books to my current situation.
I am constantly learning and I want to wake up thinking: how can I improve myself today and how can I become the best that I can be today?
Ah! constant growth and improvement. It's my default approach to life, whether I’m aware of it or not.
The Japanese has a word for it:
Kaizen is not easy. It's only easy ones it has become a habit. We humans tend to prefer the easy way out, and avoid experiencing pain and suffering. That's why we don't cultivate Kaizen right away. It takes time to practice. Even when you already understand and realize the impact of Kaizen, you won't push yourself to constantly improve, because it's not natural. However, all great men and women throughout history went against their natural tendency and practiced Kaizen.
If you want to a better life, practice Kaizen.
If you want to live a fulfilling life, practice Kaizen.
If you want to be a great artisan, practice Kaizen.
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