Saturday, August 1, 2009


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..."

by Steven Covey


Anonymous said...

So true. We often miss the trees from the woods in our bid to be busy, act busy and look busy :-)

Have a great weekend

masterwordsmith said...

:-) Very candid comment, dear Andrea. How true...even at home, I can be far too busy at times and forget my boy is with me - :-( especially when I am at my pc ...*guilty look*

Take care and enjoy yourself with your loved ones and favorite activities.