3.4 ADOPTING AN ATTITUDE OF CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT

‘When you encounter someone greater than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you encounter someone who you consider lesser than you, look within and examine your own self’

—Confucius

3.4.1 ‘Sharpening the saw’

In Covey’s book The 7 habits of highly effective people, 127 his last habit was what he refers to as ‘sharpening the saw’. I put it as my first behaviour, as if we cannot motivate ourselves towards personal improvement then the rest of the book is a waste of time. I relate it by paraphrasing his story:

A man walks to work and notices another man sawing a tree. On the way home he sees that the man is still sawing the same tree. He suggests, ‘Have you thought of ...

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