by: Stephen Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter ask for a job in a timber merchant, and
he got it. The
paid was really good and so were the work conditions. For that reason, 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 18 trees"Congratulations," the boss
said. "Go on that way!"Very motivated for the boss’ words, the woodcutter try harder the next
day, but he only could bring 15 trees. The third day he try even harder, but he only could 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..."
Morale: Even in our busiest days, it is worth taking some time to sharpen our skills and knowledge to perform better.