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Here's Why Just 1 Percent Improvement Should Be Your Biggest Goal

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You have big, ambitious goals and even bigger dreams. But how do you get from where you are now to making those dreams come true? The answer may surprise you: By aiming for just 1 percent improvement.

This counterintuitive insight comes from an essay AllTopStartups founder Thomas Oppong published on Medium and Quartz that's gotten lots of attention on social media lately. In it, he argues for using the practice of Kaizen, or continuous improvement, which was invented in the Depression-era U.S. and perfected at Toyota in Japan. But instead of using it only to continuously improve our workplaces or our jobs, he suggests Kaizen as a powerful approach for improving ourselves.

Why is Kaizen so effective as a means of personal improvement? To answer that question, consider the people you know with big ambitions. If they're anything like the people I know, they take one of two approaches. One group loves to talk about the impressive things they plan to........

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