Wood cutters: sharpen your axe!

by | Oct 2, 2017 | Editor's Muse, Inspire, Websites | 2 comments

Once upon a time there was a very strong wood-cutter. He asked for a job from a timber merchant and he got it. The pay was very good and so were the work conditions and for that reason the wood-cutter was determined to do his very best. His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area in the forest where he was to work.

The first day the wood-cutter cut down 18 trees. His boss was extremely impressed and said, “Well done. Keep it up. You are our best wood-cutter yet.” Motivated by his boss’s words, the wood-cutter tried even harder the next day, but he only cut down 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder but only cut down 10 trees.

Day after day the woodcutter cut down fewer and fewer trees. His boss came to him and told him that if he did not chop down more trees each day he would lose his job. The wood-cutter needed the job, so he tried harder and harder. He worked during his lunch breaks and tea breaks, but still he could not cut down enough trees. “I must be losing my strength” the wood-cutter thought to himself. He worked over-time, but still it was not enough.

Eventually his boss came to him and told him he was fired. The wood-cutter was really upset, but he knew that he had worked as hard as he could and just did not have enough time to chop more trees. He sadly handed his axe back.

The boss took one look at the axe and asked, “When was the last time you sharpened your axe?

“Sharpen my axe?” the wood-cutter replied. “I have never sharpened my axe. I have been too busy trying to cut down enough trees.”

Moral of the story:

Don’t get so busy that you don’t take time to sharpen your axe. The story you just read was shared on Claire Newton’s Blog. 

It’s Monday again and I am sure you have as much work load as you can carry. Don’t fret, you are not alone. Before I could come up with this post, I realized I have been over working myself.

You work so hard and even lost your joy. The enthusiasm of doing what I enjoy disappeared and this story has helped me so I felt I should share it with you. You need to take out time to sharpen your axe. Some times I know I have written so much in the past week that I am not even sure I produced up to fifty percent (50%) of my best. Do you also feel like that at work? Does it make you feel scare of losing your job? Maybe you should take a break and sharpen your axe. This cannot be easy because you can’t just quit.

I would really love to know your methods for sharpening your axe, it would be an immense pleasure if you wrote me a comment. Thank you.



  1. Abigail

    Thank you Sir

    • jonathanoladeji

      It’s a pleasure Abigail


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