Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. The pay was really good and so were the work conditions. For those reasons, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.
His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought back 18 trees.
“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!”
Very motivated for the boss’ words, the woodcutter would try harder the next day, but he only could bring 15 trees back. The third day, he tried even harder, but he only could bring 10 trees.
With every passing day, he was bringing less and less trees.
“I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.
“When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked.
“Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees.”
Our lives are like that. axeWe sometimes get so busy that we don’t take time to sharpen the axe i.e. our skills. With the passage of time, our skills start to fade and we are no longer able to deliver same results.
We should therefore continue to learn more and more new things and find ways to effectively persist with our good habits.
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