Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln
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“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” —Abraham Lincoln
The message behind this quote is profound.
You can have six hours and go ahead to chop down that tree. But it will be worthless, and you’ll get very tire without results.
Sharpening your axe is working the smarter way, not harder.
Maybe you spend a few years sharpening your axe, learning marketing, writing, presenting, designing, programming, sales… However, when the time of chopping that tree down comes, you’ll be ahead of the game.
Most people who start chopping down the tree, within the first two hours they’d laugh at the person who hasn’t started and stands at the corner sharpening his or her axe. But when that person starts working his or her way up, they won’t laugh anymore.
You can be that person.
Sharpening your axe can seem futile in the short-term, but when the time comes, it will payoff. It always does.