If you want to succeed, you need to change your view. With technology, battles don’t have to be harder. And the earlier you accept that, the better for you.
That saying is attributed to Ford Motors Corporation staff in the US in the early days of manufacturing where, after spending a lot of time, carrying steel, and then assembling and painting. They all sat down, and were happy.
Looking at what their sweet had created, they were very happy. One of them, as a way of motivating the team for the next car and preparing their mind to it said: “the harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.” They all laughed, tossed up their water glasses, in celebration.
They would be ready to start the process all over… and sweet looking forward to another car, and etc
That was until Japan’s Toyota, surpassed them… thanks to technology and agile manufacturing.
They were all surprised: how come a company without big, strong and powerful men like those working at Ford would make many high quality cars that consumers adored and wanted to use all the time?
So, the “the harder the battle, the clearer lack of preparation.”
If you still think that your muscles are all you need to succeed, forget it.
Remember, in today’s information led economy and growth, people who know more, are highly exposed and practice smart technologies and working methods win.
It is great the Ford realized quickly and updated their methodologies and production processes.
Do the same.