THE PARABLE OF THE BLACK BELT.

Presently reading the Best Selling Book “Built To Last” by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras –The Successful habits of visionary comapnies. A wonderful,thought provoking and inspiring book,reminds me of “In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters.

THE PARABLE OF THE BLACK BELT goes like this:

Picture a martial artist kneeling before the master sensei in a ceremony to receive a hard-earned black belt. After years of relentless training, the student has finally reacheda pinnacle of achievement in the discipline.

“Before granting the belt, you must pass one more test,” says the sensei.
“I am ready,” responds the student, expecting perhaps one final round of questioning.
“You must answer the essential question: What is the true meaning of the black belt?” “The end of my journey,” says the student.
“A well-deserved reward for all my hard work.” The sensei waits for more. Clearly, he is not satisfied. Finally, the sensei speaks.
“You are not yet ready for the black belt. Return in one year.”
A year later, the student kneels again in front of the sensei.
What is the true meaning of the black belt?” asks the sensei.
“A symbol of distinction and highest achievement in our art,” says the student.
The sensei says nothing for many minutes, waiting. Clearly, he is not satisfied.
Finally, he speaks. “You are still not ready for the black belt.
Return in one year.” A year later, the student kneels once again in front of the sensei. Once again, the sensei asks:
“What is the true meaning of the black belt?”
“The black belt represents the beginning – the start of a never ending journey of discipline, work, and the pursuit of an ever-higher standard,” says the student.
“Yes. You are now ready to receive the black belt and begin your work.”

The Parable of the black belt is used by Jim Collins to help the readers understand that the key elements in being a visionary company includes:

  • Hardwork.
  • Dedication to Improvement.
  • Continuous building for the future.
  • There are no shorcuts.There are no magic potions.There are no work-arounds.

The lesson is continuous improvement as a person or company, as aristotle said “we are what we repeteadly do excellence is then not an act but a habit.“

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