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Continuous Improvement: 101+ Powerful KAIZEN Quotes

Continuous Improvement: 101+ Powerful KAIZEN Quotes

You cannot get yourself from point A to B if you insist on staying where you are.

A simple thought, but not many can get behind that simple sentence and apply it in their real-life endeavors because they are too afraid to take risks toward change.

But here we have the concept of Kaizen, a Japanese term that translates to “improvement” or “good change” that many individuals use as a philosophy to push themselves or their team forward by believing that small and positive changes are the key to significant development.

If you want to see evident progress in your life, whether it be with you as a person or improving your team's morale at work, then embracing the ideology of Kaizen is the way to go.

To help you get inspired with this kind of practice, here are some Kaizen quotes for you to dive into.

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Kaizen Quotes That Will Inspire You

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1. “Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.” — Bob Parsons

2. “Continuous improvement is not about the things you do well — that’s work. Continuous improvement is about removing the things that get in the way of your work. The headaches, the things that slow you down, that’s what continuous improvement is all about.” — Bruce Hamilton

3. “Persistence, perseverance, and continuous improvement are the ingredients for forming a successful person.” — Debasish Mridha

4. “There’s no limit to the possible expansion of each one of us.” — Charles Schwab

5. “Fall seven times. Stand up eight.” — Japanese Proverb

6. “Average ones compete with others. Great ones compete with themselves.” — Vadim Kotelnikov

7. “The distance between number one and number two is always a constant. If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organization gets pulled up with you.” — Indra Nooyi

8. “The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better and that nothing is ever complete.” — Mark Zuckerberg

9. “The message of the Kaizen strategy is that not a day should go by without some kind of improvement being made somewhere in the company.” — Masaaki Imai

10. “Do what you can on this plane to relieve suffering by constantly working on yourself to be an instrument for the cessation of suffering. To me, that’s what the emerging game is all about.” — Ram Dass

11. “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” — William A Foster

12. “Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection.” — Kim Collins

13. “Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune.” — Jim Rohn

14. “My good friend, you are a citizen of Athens, a city which is very great and very famous for its wisdom and power – are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul?” — Plato

15. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all”  — Dale Carnegie

16. “Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.” — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

17. “Be the change you want to see.” — Mahatma Gandhi

18. “We are always pregnant with a truer version of ourselves.” — Marianne Williamson

19. “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” — Antoine de Saint Exupery

20. “If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow; you get somewhere.” — Henry Ford

21. “Kaizen is like a hotbed that nurtures small and ongoing changes, while innovation is like magma that appears in abrupt eruptions from time to time.” — Masaaki Imai

22. “Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.” — H. James Harrington

23. “Practice the philosophy of continuous improvement. Get a little bit better every single day.” — Brian Tracy

24. “If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution.” — Albert Einstein

25. “The more you teach positive ideas to others, the better you learn them yourself.” — Brian Tracy

26. “Kaizen and innovation are the two major strategies people use to create change. Where innovation demands shocking and radical reform, all kaizen asks is that you take small, comfortable steps toward improvement.” — Robert D. Maurer

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Kaizen Quotes To Push You Towards Growth

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27. “No matter how good you get you can always get better, and that’s the exciting part.” — Tiger Woods

28. “We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” — Max DePree

29. “Before you say you can’t do something…TRY IT.” — Sakichi Toyoda

30. “Learn continually – There is always one more thing to learn.” — Steve Jobs

31. “I’m never satisfied with what I do. I always think I can do it a lot better.” — Michael Jackson

32. “You can’t just be you. You have to double yourself. You have to read books on subjects you know nothing about. You have to travel to places you never thought of traveling. You have to meet every kind of person and endlessly stretch what you know.” — Mary Wells Lawrence

33. “You’re always getting a perfect vibrational match to what you predominantly give your attention to. But you’ve got to make the best of it. You’ve got to vibrate slightly different from where you are if you are going to improve where you are. You can’t keep taking score of where your business is or your relationship is or your body is without continuing to create it as it is. To make improvement, you’ve got to reach for a different thought”  — Esther Hicks

34. “If we’re really committed to growth, we never stop discovering new dimensions of self and self-expression.” — Oprah Winfrey

35. “Something is wrong if workers do not look around each day, find things that are tedious or boring, and then rewrite the procedures. Even last month’s manual should be out of date.” — Taiichi Ohno

36. “People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

37. “An act of leadership is to say that whatever’s happening now is not good enough and suggest or show that we can do better. If you don’t have that, then you don’t have the catalyst for continuous improvement.” — David J. Anderson

38. “One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change. Personal change is a reflection of our inner growth and empowerment.” — Robert E. Quinn

39. “Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.” — Tom Peters

40. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” — Winston Churchill

41. “A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation.” — Andrew Grove

42. “A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” — Jim Rohn

43. “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” — Abraham Lincoln

44. “A person and an organization must have goals, take actions to achieve those goals, gather evidence of achievement, study and reflect on the data and from that take actions again. Thus, they are in a continuous feedback spiral toward continuous improvement. This is what ‘Kaizan’ means.” — W. Edwards Deming

Kaizen Quotes That Will Spark Your Motivation

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45. “Learning is not compulsory; it’s voluntary. Improvement is not compulsory; it’s voluntary. But to survive, we must learn.” — W. Edwards Deming

46. “Without change, there is no innovation, creativity or incentive for improvement.” — William Pollard

47. “The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’” — Jeff Bezos

48. “We conquer by continuing.” — George Matheson

49. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and starting on the first one.”

Mark Twain

50. “To succeed in this world, you have to change all the time.” — Sam Walton

51. “If you define the problem correctly, you almost have the solution.” — Steve Jobs

52. “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” — Laozi

53. “If you will keep being your best right where you are, you will come into more favor, promotion and opportunity than you ever imagined.” — Joel Osteen

54. “If a company isn’t continuously improving then it is slowly dying.” — Dave Waters

55. “Patience is a competitive advantage. In most fields, you can find success if you are simply willing to do the reasonable thing longer than most people.” — James Clear

56. “The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.” — Arthur C. Clarke

57. “Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” — William Pollard

58. “The thing is, continuity of strategic direction and continuous improvement in how you do things are absolutely consistent with each other. In fact, they’re mutually reinforcing.” — Michael Porter

59. “Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” — Vince Lombardi

60. “It is impossible to improve any process until it is standardized. If the process is shifting from here to there, then any improvement will just be one more variation that is occasionally used and mostly ignored. One must standardize, and thus stabilize the process, before continuous improvement can be made.” — Masaaki Imai

61. “Cultivate Curiosity. If you really want to grow in your lifetime, learn to be as inquisitive as a child. Curious people are never bored, and for them life becomes an unending study of joy.” — Tony Robbins

62. “It’s a great thing about being a musician; you don’t stop until the day you die, you can improve. So it’s a wonderful thing to do.” — Marcus Miller

63. “I don’t worry about maintaining the quality of my life, because every day I work on improving it.” — Tony Robbins

64. “Improvement begins with I.” — Arnold H. Glasow

65. “The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.”  — Helmut Schmidt

Kaizen Quotes That Will Improve Your Mindset

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66. “Don’t say it can not be done, rather say, you don’t know how to do it yet.” — Tomas Bata

67. “There are no big problems. There are just a lot of little problems.” — Henry Ford

68. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but habit.” — Aristotle

69. “Complacency is the forerunner of mediocrity. You can never work too hard on attitudes, effort and technique.” — Don Meyer

70. “Once I slow down because I think I have reached my peak, then my skills will go nowhere but down.” — Bruce Lee

71. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

72. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Sir Winston Churchill

73. “Success is a process that continues, not a status that you reach. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.” — Denis Waitley

74. “Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.” — Elon Musk

75. “Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.” — Peter Drucker

76. “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” — W. Edwards Deming

77. “Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.” — Henry Ford

78. “Everything can be improved.” — Clarence W. Barron

79. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” — Henry Ford

80. “You always want to be better than you are. No matter what, I think that’s important.” — Blake Griffin

81. “Releasing guilt is like removing a huge weight from your shoulders. Guilt is released through the empowering thought of love and respect for yourself. Let go of standards of perfection and refuse to use up the precious currency of your life, the now, with thoughts that continue to frustrate and weaken you. Instead, vow to be better than you used to be, which is the true test of nobility.” — Wayne Dyer

82. “In order to be happy, human beings must feel they are continuing to grow. Clearly, we must adopt the concept of continuous improvement as a daily principle.” — Tony Robbins

83. “In terms of changes, the spiritual mentors teach me that I must not forget those relating primarily to improve myself.” — Chico Xavier

84. “I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.” — Elon Musk

85. “Costs do not exist to be calculated. Costs exist to be reduced.” — Taiichi Ohno

86. “Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing… layout, processes, and procedures.” — Tom Peters

87. “Manage the cause, not the result.” — W.E Deming

88. “The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize.” — Shigeo Shingo

89. “I’m always trying to get better. There’s always room for improvement.” — Cain Velasquez

90. “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” — Mark Twain

Kaizen Quotes To Live By Everyday

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91. “Improvement usually means doing something that we have never done before.” — Shigeo Shingo

92. “The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.” — E.J. Phelps

93. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” — Steve Jobs

94. “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” — William Shakespeare

95. “This is bravery: using the challenge of daily life to sharpen our mind and open our heart.” — Sakyong Mipham

96. “A relentless barrage of “why’s” is the best way to prepare your mind to pierce the clouded veil of thinking caused by the status quo. Use it often.” — Shigeo Shingo

97. “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” — Peter F. Drucker

98. “Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship.” — Benjamin Franklin

99. “You can’t do kaizen just once or twice and expect immediate results. You have to be in it for the long haul.” — Masaaki Imai

100. “Small daily improvements over time lead to stunning results.” — Robin Sharma

101. “What get measured, gets managed.” — Peter Drucker

102. “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” — Vincent Van Gogh

103. “An extraordinary life is all about daily, continuous improvements in the areas that matter most.” — Robin Sharma

104. “Pause and remember – Every single event in your life, especially the difficult lessons, have made you smarter, stronger, and wiser than you were yesterday. Be thankful!” — Jennifer Young

105. “He who rejects change is the architect of decay.” — Harold Wilson

106.“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” — Benjamin Franklin

107. “I can do nothing for you but work on myself…you can do nothing for me but work on yourself!” — Ram Dass

108. “Don’t settle for mediocrity; never let good enough be good enough.” — Joel Osteen

109. “The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” — Albert Einstein

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110. “If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.” — W. Edwards Deming

111. “The journey is never ending. There’s always gonna be growth, improvement, adversity; you just gotta take it all in and do what’s right, continue to grow, continue to live in the moment.” — Antonio Brown

What’s Your Favorite Kaizen Quote?

One must believe that progress isn’t just a one-time, three-step thing that we can achieve easily.

It’s a never-ending path to take because there will always be a chance for us to do even more and be better, no matter where we are in life.

Simply put, Kaizen believes that anything can be pushed toward greatness as long as we have the patience and determination to consistently do the things that help us improve.

Which one of these Kaizen quotes resonated with you the best?

Let us know in the comments!

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