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A Better Life – One French Fry at a Time

  • Dan Miller
  • 2012 12 Mar
A Better Life – One French Fry at a Time

A couple of years ago a popular book called One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way was released. The author, psychologist Robert Maurer, described the process he used to lose weight.  He didn’t count calories or carbs or get a personal trainer.

What he did was to throw away one French fry from his plate.  Eventually, it became two, then three French fries, or portions of whatever he was eating.  In this way, Maurer lost 45 pounds in 18 months – a living example of the premise in his book.

Taking tiny steps to achieve a seemingly impossible goal is the foundational premise of kaizen (pronounced “kay-zin”).  This is a Japanese concept that means “continuous incremental improvement.”  Kaizen has become a catchword in American industry leading to terms like Total Quality Control.

What could you do in your personal life with this principle?  Losing weight is an obvious application — but what if you wanted to read the Encyclopedia Americana?  Learn a new language?  Develop new career skills?  Write a book?  Eat an elephant?  Build a new house?  Double your income?  How could you approach it as one French fry at a time?

If you read about 10 minutes a day, you’ll read an average book a month.  If you write one page a day, you’ll have a book ready to print in six months.  If you stop three negative comments a day from coming out of your mouth, in 90 days you will have saved the world from 270 negative blows.  Start throwing away those French fries – you’ll see a brand new you appear.

If developing that book one page at a time is part of your plan for success, join me for the most exciting live event this year – Write to the Bank – right here at the Sanctuary in beautiful Franklin, TN.

Just what is the change that you are going to make in your life this year?

March 7, 2011

To review the process for getting the French fries out of your life, begin with the Goals section on page 61 of the new 48 Days To The Work You Love.

 Dan Miller is today's leading authority and personality on careers and 'Work You LoveTM'. As bestselling author of 48 Days To The Work You Love, and now No More Mondays, Dan reaches over a million people every month ia his newsletter, podcast, and blog with the best trends and opportunities in the workplace and small business. For more information, visit