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Too Busy to Work Smart

January 4th 2007

I read a short story by Stephen Covey that illustrates the importance of not only working hard, but working smart.

Here’s Mr. Covey’s short and impacting illustration:

“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 by the bosses’ words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he only could bring 15 trees.

“The third day he tried 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…’

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Ron Goch,
The Telios Group
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