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ESSAYS ON QUALITY
What Is Quality?
Quality as a Tool for Success
The Necessary Steps Before Personal Improvement Can Occur
The Difference Between Personal Development and Personal
Quality is so Easy, Why Settle for Less?
Quality is an Attitude
Increase Your Success by Increasing Quality
"I am truly blown away."
"If you're looking for immediate results, try applying the principles presented in this
"This book has inspired me to raise the bar in all areas of my life, and with your simple and realistic
approach, I know that I can!"
Who wouldn't like to be more successful? However you measure success,
whether in money or friends or the size of the flowers in your garden, more is
usually better. More money is especially nice. But there is the clue. Rather
than spending your efforts on the more, spend them on the better.
The common way to achieve more is to work harder: longer hours, faster weeding,
doing extra favors. The problem with this approach is that it has limits: you
can only do so much. Then when you hit the limits, it is easy to get discouraged,
to think "I've gone as far as I can go." You're already working harder than
you can keep up, so the only way to go is down. Clearly, this is not a workable
approach to greater success.
Granted, if you have a passion to totally excel at something, working harder at
it will lead to improvement. Ask any Olympic skater. For most people who live
balanced lives, however, another approach is far more effective. The workable
way to increase success in your life is to do things better.
Whatever you are doing, do it a little bit better. If you write an e-mail,
look it over before sending it to catch any stupid mistakes. It takes a few seconds,
but the result is higher quality. If you are washing dishes, wash them well.
Actually look at them to make sure they are clean. No matter what you are doing,
you can achieve a higher quality level. Perfection is not impossible, but it is
not the goal. The goal is improvement.
Funny thing about improvement: it adds up. Do a lot of things a little better,
and suddenly you have a lot of better in your life. Keep it up, and future small
improvements build on the higher quality you have already achieved. You will
start to see changes. People will notice. Opportunities will begin to open up
that require the higher levels of quality you are demonstrating.
At the very least, you will feel better and better about yourself with every
This principle applies to any area of life, from home to office to relationships.
Are you a parent? Do it a little bit better, giving your kids a little more time
and attention. Are you dating? Treat him or her a little better. Do you mow lawns
for a living? Practice law? Teach? Whatever you do, take the few seconds or minutes
to be a bit more thorough, or accurate, or neat.
Some people may try to talk you out of your campaign to do things better, or make
fun of you. One phrase you will hear is "Why bother?" The reason to bother is to
achieve success. It won't happen overnight, but if you keep increasing quality in
all aspects of your life, one little change at a time, it will happen, for certain.
Oh, and that little extra time it often takes? You will find that you spend far
less time correcting errors, and will get more done overall. Win-win.
Improve His or Her Life: The Principles of Quality goes into much
greater depth than this little essay can, and makes everything very
Have fun with it. Let me know how it goes for