Here is my favorite quote from Honest Abe:
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
I say probably because the good people at Quote Investigator aren’t so sure the words came out of Abraham Lincoln’s mouth, as you can discover here
It turns out Lincoln also never said “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet” I feel a bit more comfortable with that one, but for the sake of argument here, let’s just humor ourselves and pretend ole Abe was the genius behind the Axe quote. You can look up this source for the quote, but simply google "Lincoln Axe" and plenty of sources will emerge.
Let’s get down to why this quote is so powerful. Essentially this comes down to the willingness to prepare. You’ve got a very immediate task ahead of you in cutting down the tree, and a tool, that while dangerous, seems pretty straight forward to use. I think that’s where the depth of this really comes in. Such a straight forward thing in chopping down the tree, yet he’s taking time to make sure the tool is ready for the job. Seems that’s a valuable lesson that can translate to pretty much anything in our lives.