The enemy of improvement is neither failure nor success. The enemy of improvement is boredom, fatigue, and lack of concentration. The enemy of improvement is a lack of commitment to the process because the process is everything. The Art of Zanshin in Everday Life “One should approach all activities and situations with the same sincerity, the same intensity, and the same awareness that one has with bow and arrow in hand.” —Kenneth Kushner, One ArrLouis Agassiz, the famous Swiss biologist, placed a fish specimen on the table in front of his post-graduate student. “That’s only a sunfish,” the student said. “I know that,” Agassiz replied. He continued, “Write a description of it. Find out what you can without damaging the specimen. When I think that you have done the work I will question you.”
Louis Agassiz and the Power of Observation The student wrote for an nearly an hour, until he felt confident that he knew nearly all there was to know about this particular fish.