Business Quote of the Week – Abraham Lincoln

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Commentary: So many people simply jump into something without any kind of plan of attack. Literally billions of man-hours are wasted every year by those who simply do the same thing over and over because “that’s how we do things around here” or no one has bothered to re-think anything they do on a daily basis by “sharpening the axe”. I would imagine there are millions of people out there chopping at a tree with a dull axe.

“Sharpen the axe” by asking:

  • Can this be done easier?
  • Why do we do it like this in the first place?
  • If I simply prepare a little more, can I make this task easier?
  • What is the easiest way to fix this problem?

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