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What Are You Doing to Sharpen the Saw?

The term “Sharpen the Saw” comes from author Steven Covey’s Habit #7 in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” He uses the analogy of a woodcutter who is sawing for several days straight and is becoming less and less productive. The process of cutting dulls the blade. So the solution is to periodically sharpen the saw.

What are you doing to sharpen the saw of your direct sales business?

Facebook groups and pages are full of ideas on recruiting, host coaching, vendor events, theme parties and all sorts of fun ideas on how to run your direct selling business. Yet those topics don’t necessarily do anything to sharpen the saw of the consultant.

It saddens me when I read posts, ad nauseam, that wail, “My sponsor isn’t helping me.” I often question what exactly that means. Does it mean you call her and she doesn’t return calls? You email and she doesn’t return emails? You ask her questions at meetings and she stares blankly into space?Habit 7 Sharpen the Saw

More importantly in some cases, is what have you done to help yourself lately?

Are you reading nonfiction business books? Don’t have time? Perhaps more likely you don’t choose to make time. Besides, with the advent of audio books and podcasts, is there really any excuse not to read?

What blogs do you regularly read or YouTube channels do you regularly watch? Do you know everything there is about marketing your business? Internet marketing? Networking (and this doesn’t mean hanging out on Facebook but true effective networking)? Do you have an expert level grasp on SEO?

Do you know your company policies and procedures inside and out? Have you considered hiring a business coach? Do you invest any of your profit back into the business of teaching yourself skills, which are necessary to stay ahead of the competition?

Have you attended any webinars? Teleconferences? Regional seminars? Website design? Why not? School educators, medical professionals and a host of other careers are required to earn annual CEUs (Continuing Education Units). Yet some independent consultants fail to realize that they are business owners who can never know or learn too much about running their business.

Can you think of any downside to continuous improvement where your own personal business knowledge is concerned? Neither can I. Perhaps next time you prepare to offer up a cry of “My sponsor isn’t helping me.” You may want to consider what you have done to help yourself by sharpening the saw.

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About the Author: Laurie Ayers is a Michigan work from home mom and a Superstar Director with Scentsy Wickless Candles. She enjoys helping men and women start and maintain a home based business in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Germany, Ireland, UK, France, Austria and Spain. To download a FREE Start Up Guide which provides more details about how to start a home business as well as to learn about our compensation plan go to 

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