Real Success Seminar – 13th August, 2017 – Habit 7: “The Perspective of Collaboration in Sharpening The Saw”

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This Sunday – 13th August, 2017 at our Real Success Seminar we continued with Habit 7: “Sharpen The Saw” and teaching was Ms. Ibiyemi Ifaturoti

She started by saying this is the last of the seven, it’s all encompassing and it enables all the others. She said she will be looking at it from the perspective of “Collaboration” in Sharpening the Saw and foreground it with a little of the previous.

Ms Ibiyemi Ifaturoti said Sharpening the Saw means unleashing your potential through self renewal in the four human dimension: Physical, Mental Social/Emotional, while the Spiritual is the core of our being. We are to collaborate in this aspect of sharpening the saw which is what she will be talking about. There is a common paradigm of I’m too busy to focus on taking time on myself and this is not supposed to be so. We are to bond together and help our communities. We can work ourselves to dysfunction and we need to take out time to sharpen our saws. We must not ruin our health in search of wealth so that we don’t spend our entire wealth in search of our health.

“Beware of the barenness of busy life”- Socrates.

She said how do we get to the level of barrenness?  Barrenness is the inability to produce anything of value. We reached the level of barrenness by been worked up, stressed, over-engagement, anxiety etc. There has to be an amount of stress in one’s life because it does actually ginger you on what you are supposed to do but we can not live permanently with stress in your life because it do damage to your physical health and the damages are been run down,physical damages etc. Stress, continous stress leads to burn-out, you feel disengaged, depressed, emotional damage and these leads to total burn-out. All these are consequences of burn-out.

How to prevent Burnout:

– By sharpening the saw or whetting the axe

Ecclesiastes 10:10 AMPC says – 10 If the ax is dull and the man does not whet the edge

“If the ax is dull and the man (using it) does not whet the edge, he must put forth more strength; but ……….. wisdom helps him to succeed”.

– Prevent burnout, preserving and enhancing your greatest asset – YOU. Ecclesiastes 10:10b says …………..wisdom helps him (you and I) to succeed. 

Paraphrased: By wisdom, you will sharpen the axe (saw/yourself)*, and this will preserve your ability to be successful.

How precisely?

Spiritual: Christian Disciplines – Bible Study/meditation, Prayer, Worship, Evangelism Service & Stewardship, Fasting etc

Physical: Wellness – Healthy eating and drinking, Exercise

Social/Emotional: Mindfully working on relationships with family, colleagues, friends, etc

Mental: Reading the right things, and reflecting on them. Think things through. All these helps us to sharpen the saw.

How? Sharpening the Saw in the aspect of Collaboration

 Sharpen the saw/axe by actively collaborating in the four dimensions with others through:

Collaboration for Spiritual – being a vibrant member in your church and don’t be a chair warmer. Hebrews 10: 25 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) –

25 Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together (as believers), as is the habit of some people but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.

– Physically: Small Interest Groups ( as gym partner ie doing things together with other people)….Proverbs 27:17 NIV - 17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

– Mentally: Online Training Groups eg Edmodo reading platform

– WhatsApp Groups (professional development, social, spiritual, wellness, community development, etc).

Make an attempt to develop something in your community or be an initiator of good thing for others in your community. Make time out to sharpen your saw and remember you are depleting your battery when you don’t sharpen or renew your battery.

“If you want to go FAST, go alone. If you want to go FAR, go together”………. African Proverb

There is safety in numbers, so remember the African proverb that says go together so as to go far.

“Competition makes us faster but Collaboration makes us better” – T. Ajayi-Ope

“The secret to your business success might just be in Collaboration……” – Glory O.

You can watch, listen and read via these links below:-

Link to the Facebook Live stream –

Link to the Power Point: Habit 7: Sharpen The Saw – Collaboration Perspective –

See you next but do not forget to sharpen your saw through collaboration with others.

Oluwaranti O. Fayankinnu

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