"Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today. This is never-ending." - Yamamoto Tsunetomo

The quote above is taken from Hagakure: The Book of the Samauri, Yamamoto Tsunetomo's master text on the ways of the samurai. The concept of his words are perfectly encapsulated in one word: Kaizen. Roughly translated, Kaizen means 'change for good', and when used in the states, it's usually meaning 'continual incremental improvement'.

It's a concept I stumbled onto some time ago, and I thought I'd share the following related links.

Wikipedia on Kaizen

Practice Your Personal Kaizen, by Jason Thomas, found at lifehacker.com

Baby Steps; Huge Results, by Jennifer Minar, posted at WritersBreak

Kaizen for Writers, from the Renegade Writer Blog