A very strong woodcutter asked for a job as a lumberjack and he got it.The pay was really good and so were the work conditions. For those reasons, the woodcutter was determined to do his best. His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought back 18 trees.“
Congratulations,” his boss said. “Keep up the good work!” Motivated by his boss’s words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but could only bring 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but could only bring 10 trees.
Day after day he was bringing less and less trees. “I must be losing my strength,” he 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.”
We all need time to relax, to think and meditate, to learn and grow. If we don’t take the time to sharpen the “axe”, we will become dull and lose our effectiveness.
About The Book
There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place. --J.K. Rowling
Leading Narratives is Dan Spainhour’s collections of stories and parables that he has used during his 34 years as an athletic professional. Each story ends with a moral and lesson for leaders to impart to the people they are following.