Hone Your Skills Daily | An Inspirational Story of a Woodcutter | 


Hone Your Skills Daily | An Inspirational Story of a Woodcutter | 


Once there was a woodcutter who had been unemployed for years. He would walk from post to pillar in search of any job but all went in vain. It was being impossible for him to earn two square meals per day and to feed his family.

One day, he found a job at a sawmill wherein he was given a task to fell trees by the owner of that mill. He accepted the proposal and rushed to a near-by forest laden with innumerable trees. Since, he had not worked for years, he showed his fury and rage and started cut down trees. At the end of the day, he managed to cut ten (10) trees with his only axe. On the other hand, the employer got impressed and ecstatic seeing his ability since rest of his employees could only even cut two trees in a day not more than that but he had managed to reach the tally of ten on his first day. He got him wages for that day along with incentives and told him to come on the following day for the same work.

Everyday, he would go and cut as many trees as he wanted with his axe. Every time, the employer would pat his back for his remarkable work and way of cutting trees and advised him to continue the same work. With in few days, he came in the good books of his boss for his exceptional work and started earning handsomely as well.

For the next few days, he went to the forest and managed to bring only 8 trees. In fact, his performance was getting deteriorated day by day. Now the number of felled trees was declining which was adding to his stress daily. Within a few days, he reached from 10 trees everyday to one and finally a day came when he could not even cut a single tree. He got very disappointed and his confidence level touched the bottom.

He was not able to figure out the root cause of his problem. Finally, he decided to quit his job for he thought he was unable to put in  his best of efforts. Ultimately, he went to the owner of that sawmill and requested him to settle his accounts. His employer, seeing the woodcutter in gloom, called him forward and said “Let me tell you about the root cause of your problem. There is no doubt that you are extremely talented, enthusiastic and passionate for your work. But you were so busy in cutting those trees that you forgot to sharpen your axe. Therefore you could not match up with your targets you set for the day.” The man soon realised his mistake that he was so busy in cutting down the trees that he forgot to sharpen his own axe.

So, we learn from the story that we should hone (sharpen) our skills (axe)  daily lest we should have to face failure in future. We should not run after success rather we should enhance our skills that matter a lot. Work is important but skills are more.

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Moral of the Story

Hone your Skills on Daily Basis.

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