W. Edwards Deming- It is not enough to do your best

It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best.

W. Edwards Deming

A lot of time can be wasted if we don’t have an idea of what we are doing. Before we try to accomplish a goal or task, we should spend time researching and gaining knowledge before proceeding. Doing so will enable us to put our best effort. As this simple quote by W. Edwards Deming is illustrating,  the first step is knowing what to do. Many people dive into new tasks and businesses without having the skills and knowledge needed to succeed and as a result, they experience failure.

Time is very valuable and, instead of jumping into new ventures, we should gain the skills and knowledge needed before getting started. In this way, we can save time on fixing errors and mistakes, and we can work on new improvements and add value to our work or projects.


W. Edwards Deming is an American Engineer, author, consultant, and professor. During his life and career, he learned the importance of acquiring skills and knowledge before starting a task and cost of errors can be expensive and time-consuming.




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