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Inspiring stories - Sharpen your Axe

Once upon a time, there were two woodcutters named Peter and John. They were often at loggerheads over who chopped more wood. One day, they decided to hold a competition to determine the winner. The rules were simple whoever produces the most wood in a day, wins.

The next morning, both took up their positions in the forest and started chopping away in their fastest possible speed. This lasted for an hour before Peter suddenly stopped. When John realized that there was no chopping sound from his opponent's side, he thought: “Ah Ha! He must be tired already!” And he continued to cut down his trees with double the pace.

A quarter of an hour passed, and John heard his opponent chopping again. Both of them carried on synchronously. John was starting to feel weary when the chopping from Peter stopped once again. Feeling motivated and smelling victory close by, John continued on, with a smile on his face.

This went on the whole day. Every hour, Peter would stop chopping for fifteen minutes while John kept going relentlessly. When the competition ended, John was confident that he would be triumphant.

But to John's astonishment, Peter had actually cut down more wood. How did this even happen? “How could you have chopped down more trees than me? I heard you stop working every hour for fifteen minutes!” exclaimed John.

Peter replied, “Well, it's really simple. Every time I stopped work, while you were still chopping down trees, I was sharpening my axe.”

While working hard with determination and grit is a major factor for success, being smart and constantly learning, leads you to success in the long run.

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