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Are you willing to wear the white belt?

Kano

As I mentioned in my first post, I am an Aikido Instructor and I am fond of sharing notable quotes with my students. One of my favorites is the story attributed to Jigoro Kano , the founder of Judo. As it was told to me, on his death bed Kano, the founder and therefore best Judo practitioner of his time, called together his top students and asked to be buried in his white belt. Initially it was assumed that this was his last act of humility, but later scholars came to see it for what it really was.

Kano was dying and knew that his next adventure was entirely new to him as it is to all of us. He was prepared wearing the white belt of the beginner.

As I related this story to my class, one of the students asked me why I was not living up to this ideal. I was in the same position with the same company for 10 years. I had mastered that position and was stagnating due to lack of challenges. Through the assistance of some Made2Manage friends I located another employer near Dallas with an entirely new set of challenges and I put on my white belt. This blog itself is another opportunity to wear the white belt.

Anyway, my point is that all of us should be willing to risk, to try new things, to tackle new challenges especially if there is a good chance we will fail. If you haven’t tried VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) before and you want to modify the way Made2Manage works, give it a try. If you’ve never created and changed Made2Manage reports because it’s confusing, ask for help and then try.

Are you going to stagnate and do business as usual, or are you willing to wear the white belt?

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