Ironic as it is, I needed to revisit Kaizen. The artist needs to look back on his finished piece with fresh eyes, consistently and see it again without the emotional clinging to the work that brought it to life. You may wonder why an artist never seems satisfied with his "finished" piece. He sees what can be improved, the missed brush stroke, the slight imperfection in the mold, a missed opportunity, irregularity in the material. And when he looks upon it, he will only see what could have been.
The pursuit of perfection
The pursuit of perfection may seem exhausting or extreme in nature to most, but perhaps that is in the misunderstanding of what truth lies behind it. You may be asking yourself, why are we revisiting this topic? The truth is because of what it means to an artist and what it means for a leader to dig in deeper after he has already given it all.
There should be no erasers!
The photo of Arlington Cemetery in my "Wish for World Peace" project taught me a life lesson - it CAN be better if you are willing to spend the time, exude the effort, and believe in yourself. It will be rewarded beyond your expectations.
KAIZEN is not a sprint, life is not a sprint. Your Magnum Opus is a slow and steady process of refinement and pursuit of perfection.