Abraham Lincoln's Quote

Essay by osnapitzgennHigh School, 11th gradeC+, November 2014

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Abraham Lincoln once said "If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my ax". If Lincoln would really spend six years of his life sharpening his ax in order to chop down a tree, the chop would be a walk in the park. The same thing corresponds with us when we prepare ourselves. From examples in history like Booker T Washington to books like the Hunger Games and even to my own experience, sharpening the ax is the main recipe to being successful in anything you do. Invariably, preparation will always be the key to smoothing out the rough edges in anything we set our mind to.

Booker T Washington, who was born a slave, put himself through school and became a teacher. In order to get to school, Booker had to walk five hundred miles and was determined to try his all in order to learn.

Booker's desire and attitude when it came to learning was exuberant and what made him successful at the end of his journey was the fact that he was determined and he prepared himself throughout the years. Being the most famous black man in American between 1895 and 1915, Booker was also considered the most influential black man in America during this time due to the hand he gave when it came to funding black schools and colleges. Being an influential person doesn't happen overnight; one has to sharpen the ax in order to cut the tree.

In the Hunger Games, Katniss, The protagonist, is elected to participate in the reality game show where the tributes elected have to kill each other in order to stay alive and win the game. With keeping the end in her mind, Katniss prepared herself physically and mentally before stepping foot...