As I was talking with someone new last week, the question came up of what I had been doing lately with my time off. Without even thinking, I said that I was taking time to "sharpen the saw". He immediately got that expression as a Stephen Covey principle. I liked how the answer just spilled out of me.
It's the truth too. I am not doing nothing. I am updating my resume, networking brief, and LinkedIn profile. I have selected business cards and I hand them out regularly. I have spent time with family. I have traveled to a conference on being better than average. I have met new people through several career networking groups. I have added a regular exercise routine to my schedule. I have explored business ownership and self-employment. Books and blogs are being read.
When I say that I am "sharpening the saw", that is, investing in myself, growing, and doing what I can to make myself better, I think I am being truthful and accurate.
What have you done lately to "sharpen the saw"?