The Principles of Quality
Quality as a Tool for Success
BUILD YOUR FUTURE
ESSAYS ON QUALITY
A person builds his own success by using tools that work.
People who have not studied the principles of quality often think of
quality as a goal to be achieved, and get discouraged because it seems
so difficult to achieve. This idea is unfortunate, because it shuts
the door on success. In any endeavor, from parenting to playing pool
to getting a job or a promotion, using quality as a tool will lead
to success, inevitably and by definition.
The First Major Principle of Quality
The first major principle of quality is this: Quality is an Attitude.
This can be interpreted a lot of different ways, but all it means is
that a person believes that making something better is a good idea and
a good direction to travel. Sadly, not everyone believes this. People
who want things to stay the same, or who get some perverse satisfaction
from failure, do not have a quality attitude. They are not using the
tool of quality, and for them, success is out of reach.
The Second Major Principle of Quality
The second major principle of quality is this: Quality Leads to Opposition.
This principle is the main reason people lose their grip on the first
principle. The good student gets ridiculed as a bookworm or teacher's
pet. The productive office worker is called a brown-noser. The entrepreneur
is told by friends and family he is risking too much. The perfectionist
meets impatience, and the closet author is bombarded by statistics of
failure. Even the best parents get criticized by people who have different
opinions on raising children.
The Third Major Principle of Quality
The third major principle of quality is this: Quality Takes Time.
Please understand this one. The time involved can be seconds, minutes, or
years, depending on what you are doing. It might take two extra seconds
to make sure you are filing a folder in the right place, or twenty years
to become a chess champion. Glancing over an email for any obvious errors
before you send it might cost you half a minute. Take the time.
Onward and upward!
Beyond the major principles, there are four applied principles and a
number of specific actions, but the three major principles of quality
are a good starting point, and will take you far. Apply them to your
work. Apply them to relationships. Apply them in school. Apply them
to anything and everything you do. You will find, almost immediately,
that your life will begin to be better, and your future will look
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