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Mar 22, 2024

Most have probably heard the quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” or some variation of it. There's also a version of the concept in the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People talking about sharpening the saw.
Sharpening the axe or saw is about preparation and being more effective. The concept of taking time to prepare rather than just powering through with a dull tool is can be applied to pretty much any aspect of your life.
I was listening to a podcast recently, the guy getting interviewed mentioned a book called How to Read a Book. This kind of got my mind racing. I use books to sharpen my axe. If I read a book about how to be better at reading books, is that another level of axe sharpening? It's like if Abraham Lincoln spent some time learning more about axe sharpening before sharpening the axe.
It's got me thinking about different things this might apply to. Like Jim Kwik's book Limitless. If continuous learning is a way of sharpening your axe, this book is about how to learn better. It seems like there's always a level deeper with shit like this. The book How to Read a book is pretty cool by the way.
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