We Don’t Grow Old…

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There is an ancient Japanese term “Kaizen” that basically translates in English to “continuous improvement.” 

Kaizen is a lifelong quest to become more efficient and effective in everything that we do but is not measured in results but rather the process that made those results attainable… 

In Gary Mack’s Mind Gym, he had a line that slapped me in the face and brought an entirely new perspective to the aging process… 

“We don’t grow old, we get old by not growing.” 

As of 2017 the average life expectancy in the United States was 78 years old, while at the same time the average life expectancy in Japan was 84 years old!!! WTF. 🤷‍♂️

Obviously, there are a variety of factors that allow Japanese people to live longer but many people, including us here at the Daily Hustle, would argue that there is no greater reason than the Japanese “kaizen” approach to life… 

“Ikigai” is another Japanese word that refers to our sense of purpose. Our ikigai is our reason to get out of bed each morning & charge the day… Although kaizen & ikigai mean two different things, they are both intertwined and without one, the other is simply non-existent. 

When we have a strong and meaningful sense of purpose, that attitude subsequently will have us consistently chasing improvements in all arenas of our lives… 

Look, we will all age and it’s actually a beautiful and progressive reality of life far too many of us fail to embrace, yet just like Mack said, the only time we grow old will be when we stop growing…

Bottom line: Keep your ikigai & kaizen at the forefront of everything that we do with our lives… It just may buy us another 6 years 👍

-EB

 

P.S. Have you hopped on a Team GoHard Foot Reflexology Board yet?