The Lumberjack Competition
There was an annual lumberjack competition and the final was going to happen between an older, experienced lumberjack and a younger, stronger, and passionate lumberjack. The competition’s rule was like who could fell the most trees in a day will be the winner.
The younger lumberjack was full of enthusiasm and went off into the wood and set to work straight away.
He worked all through the day and night as well. As he was working, he could hear the older lumberjack was also working in another part of the forest and he felt more and more confident with every tree he felled that he would win.
At regular intervals, the noise of trees being felled coming from the other part of the forest would stop. The younger one was happy, knowing that this meant the older one was taking a rest, whereas he could use his superior strength and stamina to keep going to cut more and more trees.
At the end of the competition, the younger lumberjack was confident that he had won. He looked in front of him at the piles of felled trees that were the result of his superhuman effort.
At the medal ceremony, he stood on the podium confident and expecting to be awarded the prize of champion lumberjack. Next to him stood the older lumberjack who looked surprisingly less exhausted than he felt.
When the results were read out, he was shocked to hear that the older lumberjack had chopped down significantly more trees than he had.
He turned to the older lumberjack and said: “How can this be? I heard you take a rest every hour and I worked continuously through the night. What’s more, I am stronger and fitter than you old man”.
The older lumberjack turned to him and said: “Every hour, I took a break to rest and sharpen my saw”.
Moral – Time to time we have to reshape our skills in a better way