Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sharpening Your Tools

"Whatever tools you need to accomplish your dreams should be finely sharpened before you begin," my friend Rozanne Gates said the other day. How right she is. If you’re getting ready to market a book, for instance, you'll probably want to have a well-designed website up and running long before your book hits the stores. Or if you're launching a business, chances are good that you'll want to set up a great record-keeping system prior to ordering supplies. As any carpenter will tell you, having the right tools for the job is half the battle.

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  1. Anonymous12:25 PM

    I like this post, Prill. I'm in the pre-publishing stage of my next book and you've helped me focus on what's important.


  2. I hear this advice often from my hubby who is a carpenter (and a darn good one at that!). But it is so true and applies to all we do in life. Thanks for the extra reminder.

  3. This advice is one of the staples in my desk drawer.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Anonymous12:15 PM

    Now you've got me thinking...what tools have I forgotten or haven't thought to sharpen?

  5. I love the tool metaphor, but I'm not sure it applies in all cases. As an aspiring novelist, for instance, I've been discovering that so many of the necessary tools come to me as I need them, rather than all at once.