Sharpen Your Saw!

What is the greatest asset you possess in life?

It is YOU!

Let me ask you this:

  • How much did you spend in the past couple of years on your self-development and training, your health? Did you often hear yourself say “I cannot afford spending 500 euros on that training, or 300 euros for that medical check-up!”?
  • How much did you spend on cigarettes, fancy electronic devices, junk food? How satisfying was it to buy these? How did that preserve or enhance you?

The point is, most of us think we do not have time or money to invest in our learning and health; however we spend much more for things that will hardly enhance or preserve ourselves.

In his much acclaimed book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey argues that one strong habit to form to invest in ourselves is to sharpen the saw.

Sharpening the saw means taking time for yourself, to renew and refresh, to invest in you, your learning, to make you more effective in life and at work, so you continuously reap the benefits of what you do to take care of yourself.

One thing I do to sharpen my saw is read one book per week.

How do you sharpen your saw? How do you keep learning new things? Why does it matter as a leader? Tell me in the comments.

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