First Things First: Sharpen your Axe

Mark Fitzgerald of The Sandler Sales Institute puts out a weekly newsletter for his Entrepreneur Club. Mark is smart and witty and his newsletters are always a worthwhile read. 

His latest post contained this little gem …

Abraham Lincoln famously said, "If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four hours sharpening the axe". We've all heard the quotation. How many of us act on the words? 

Of course, I thought about those words in the context of career management

Sharpening the axe would seem to suggest that one would not wait until they were kicked to the curb (and for many these days the pink slip is delivered with little or no warning) before giving a panicked thought to what they should do first. Rather, much as CFOs create a 3 to 5-year business plan and execute that plan, it would make sense to give that same intentionality to their careers. 

Before you NEED to … give some thought to 

–What’s next?

–When do I want to move?

–How do I get there?

Being in the driver’s seat of your carer will be so much easier if you just do the first things first.