The woodcutter

What Tools Do You Need To Sharpen?

Self Improvement

The woodcutter

You might have had about the story of the Woodcutter, the story tries to paint in a clear picture how productive we can be, if we keep the right tool sharpened.

If you haven’t had or read the story here is it;

“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 was the work condition. For those reasons, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he supposed to work.

The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees.
“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!”

Very motivated by the boss words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he could only bring 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he could only bring 10 trees. Day after 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…”
End of story…

Surely he had no time, because he was using all the time meant to bring down more trees to bring down less trees, he was using all the time meant for 18 or more trees for 15 or less trees.

The woodcutter may have brought down 18 in the first day, then 20 in the second day, and maybe more in subsequent days, assuming he took time to sharpen his axe.

Leaving the story world to the real world, I think we should ask ourselves the same question the boss asked; When was the last time i sharpened my axe?

I don’t really know what your axe is or how it works for you, but whatever it’s I know it always need to be sharpened to produce more or more positive results.

It always has to be sharpened to be productive.

Maybe your axe is your brain, you need to develop it, maybe through reading, learning new skills or through whatever way you choose to do it.

Maybe your axe is your muscles, you need to build it, maybe by hitting the Gym or whatever way you choose to do it.

Maybe your axe is good health, you need build it, maybe by by dieting well and exercising regularly or whatever way you choose to do it.

Maybe your axe.. is or are your team, co-work, friends, family or whatever, you really need to appreciate them, or maybe show them gratitude, or maybe show them love, or what not.

Maybe your axe is really an axe or a knife, or a hole or whatever, you really need to sharpen it.

You really need to sharpen that axe, that tool or tools, those people that help you perform your day to day tasks, whatever it’s, you really need to sharpen it, because these axes determine what you will make out of everyday and life.

The woodcutter complained about time, learn from him, he wasn’t wise enough… don’t use all your time to accomplish less.

Am sharpening my writing skills, please share with me what tools you will need to sharpen? Let me know on the comment section below.


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