Sharpen the Saw

Stephen Covey uses the following analogy to describe someone who needs to Sharpen their Saw.

Suppose you come across someone in the woods trying to feverishly saw down a tree:

 “What are you doing ?” you ask

“Can’t you see?” the woodsmen replies  impatiently. “I’m sawing down a tree.”

“You look exhausted!” you say. “How long have you been at it?”

 "Over five hours," he says, "and I'm beat!" This is hard work."


Well why don’t you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen the saw? You ask. “I’m sure it would go a lot faster.”

“I don’t have time to sharpen the saw,” the man says emphatically. “I’m too busy sawing!”

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