Lincoln gave us some invaluable advice, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

It’s revolutionary when it comes to work and getting better results from your work, yet few choose to follow it because it seems that many are vastly impatient. 

I see this often among young writers. They approach the page swinging, with the let’s throw shit at the wall and see what sticks mentality. And, as a result, they don’t see results. 

Writing and other professions must be taken with a level of seriousness and thoughtfulness. You approach the page or any day’s work with a focused respect or you should not approach it all. 

You must be sharp. 

You must be sharp first. 

Then, you can chop. 

By Cole Schafer. 

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