Desk of Brad

Sharpen Your Saw

“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.”

– Socrates

Hi Everyone,

I’ve been on vacation this week, not exactly a week that I can totally check out but at least I’ve reduced my schedule significantly and had time to “Sharpen the Saw”. In Stephen Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, habit number 7 is “Sharpen the Saw”. The point is that your energy and enthusiasm is a renewable resource and it’s not an unlimited resource. You must cultivate who you are so that you can find meaning and purpose in your life. Last week I wrote about four habits that I follow for managing stress and “Sharpening the Saw”: Exercise, Planning, Losing Track of Time, and Empathetic Decision Making.

There is a great quote from W. H. Arnold – “The worst bankrupt in the world is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. Let a man lose everything else in the world, but his enthusiasm and he will come through again to success”.

As I took some time off this week and enjoyed exercising and losing track of time, it was great! Just a week into it, my mind is sharper and my perspective clearer. I’ll keep today’s DOB short, go read my letter from last week again. Take care of yourself and focus on reducing your stress. Habits are easy to talk about and harder to implement, take my advice as a challenge and get started on one of the four things today. I am hoping to pass out a lot of American Express gift certificates.

Let’s go be great!