Saturday, September 8, 2012


Once upon a time a very
strong woodcutter asked for
a job with a timber merchant,
and he got it.
The salary 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
"Congratulation !," the boss
said. "Go on that way!"
Very motivated by the boss'
words, the woodcutter tried
harder the next day, but
could bring 15 trees only.
The third day he tried even
harder, but could bring 10
trees only. Day after day he
was bringing less and less
"I must be losing my
strength", the woodcutter
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
"Working hard is not enough;
one has to keep on
sharpening one's skills."

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