This is a story I really like that I wanted to share.
The Lumberjack story
A man got a new job as a lumberjack. On his first day, he had a fantastic day, he worked hard, stopped for lunch, worked hard and at the end of the day he had chopped down 45 trees. He went home feeling brilliant.
The next day he went to work, worked hard, stopped for lunch, worked hard again in the afternoon. But, at the end of the day, he’d only cut down 35 trees. He went home thinking about this and resolved to work harder tomorrow.
So the next day, he got to work a little early and worked hard. At lunch-time, he realised he had only chopped down 15 trees, so he took a short lunch break, then worked hard again in the afternoon. At the end of the day he realised, he had only chopped down 25 trees, so he stayed a little later, but finally left with a total of 27 trees cut.
He worried all the way home and decided he’d just go in even earlier, do without lunch and stay late.
So, the next day, he got up early, went to work, worked hard, didn’t stop once, worked right through lunch and then stayed very late, but at the end of the day, he’d only cut 20 trees. He went home and went straight to bed miserable and exhausted.
On Friday he went in early and at 9am, his boss came to see him. The lumberjack apologised and said he was at a loss, he had worked so hard, stayed late, put in lots of hours but he was cutting less than half the number of trees that he had been. His boss said, “Have you sharpened your axe?”.
Always take time to sharpen your axe!