Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. The pay 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 tried harder the next day, but he only could bring 15 trees.
The third day he tried even harder, but he could bring 10 trees only.
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..."
Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don’t take time to sharpen the “Axe”. To continue to be successful you need to remember to sharpen our axe by constantly striving to learn and improve. Lincoln's productivity secret was to use sharper tools to get the job done more efficiently. He said: "If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four hours sharpening the axe." Lincoln, who was a skilled woodcutter before becoming one of the most important presidents in US history, probably meant it both literally and figuratively. There’s a famous saying, “if you are not getting better you are getting worse.”