Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. – Abraham Lincoln
Meaning of this Quote
Your level of preparation determines your success. Yeah, that’s true! Hardwork is sure to pay you back. You may not achieve everything at the very first go! However, even if you don’t, you will bag home the lessons that you would have otherwise not be blessed with!
‘Give me six hours to chop down a tree‘, simply means the preparation that you must need to achieve what you want in life. The second half of the statement says, ‘I will spend the first four sharpening the axe‘, which means that among the six hours of the allotted time, he would spend four hours on just sharpening the axe. This indicates the level of preparation that he has thought of!
Doing something in a hurry and getting back in bare hands is just a wastage of that total of six hours. Instead, spending the first four hours wisely will decide the next two hours. If your preparation was up to the mark, gaining success won’t be a botheration to you.
However, if you lag at your primary level, success could become a far-fetched dream for you. Therefore, you should be focused on something that you truly want, and thus, work hard on achieving that!
If your preparation is great, you are sure to succeed. On the other hand, if you are down at the level of preparation, you won’t be able to yield your fruits in the next segment of the harvest.
The concept is quite similar to the way we reap the harvest, or rather farmers do it. They spend a lot of time in finding the right time, right kind of soil, right season and finding the best quality of seeds.
Again, they invest on feeding those plants with the best fertilizers and ensuring that they receive the right amount of sunlight and water. Once all these things are settled, they can actually expect a good return from the harvest.