The need for continuing education touches all areas of our lives. Speaker and best selling author Stephen R. Covey discussed this in his excellent book called “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” In the book he shares the story that goes something like this:
A woodcutter was working diligently to cut down a tree. Another man came across the woodcutter and asked “What are you doing?”
“Isn’t it obvious,” the woodcutter replied, “I am cutting down this tree.”
The man sat down and asked the woodcutter to take a break and sharpen his saw since he looked extremely tired. The woodcutter explained to the man that he had been sawing for five hours non-stop and didn’t have time to take a break.
The man looked at the woodcutter and said “If you sharpen the saw, you would cut down the tree much faster.”
The woodcutter said “I don’t have time to sharpen the saw. Can’t you see that I am too busy.”
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You get the message. We can work hard, or learn to work smart. To that end, I attended the Kapital Kidvention in Arlington, Virginia last weekend. It was a fun time of continuing education in being a more effective when entertaining children, and in being more effective in running a business. I’m trying my best to be the best at making your kid’s birthday party one never to be forgotten. So tell me: what knowledge and skills do you need to sharpen to become your best?
You can start your sharpening process this week when you click below to order a copy of the life changing book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” You’ll thank me later.
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