“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Imagine a tree. A towering giant. You’ve got eight hours. One task: bring it down. An ax in your hand. It’s simple. But is it?

Hold on. Don’t just start swinging. Reconsider.

You’ve got an ax, yes. But is it sharp enough? Sharp tools make light work. That’s the rule. Six hours go to the grindstone. Six hours making that ax shine like a star in the night.

Madness, you think? You’ve got a tree to topple. Time’s ticking.

But here’s the deal. You spend those hours at the grindstone, and the tree won’t know what hit it. It’s not just about chopping. It’s about chopping smart.

Now your ax is sharp. So sharp, it could slice through the wind. The tree? It’s going down. Two hours. It’s all it takes.

The tree isn’t just wood and leaves. It’s your next project. Your big idea. The ax isn’t a piece of forged steel. It’s your preparation. Your readiness. Your game plan.

Don’t rush in, ax swinging. Hone your game plan. Make it razor-sharp.

The tree will fall.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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