John, a woodcutter, worked for a company for five years but never got a raise. The company hired another cutter Bill, and within a year he got a raise. This caused resentment in John & he went to his boss to talk about it. The boss said, “you are still cutting the same number of trees you were cutting 5 years ago. We are a result-oriented company and would be happy to give you a raise if your productivity goes up.” John went back, started hitting harder and putting in longer hours but he still was’nt able to cut more trees. He went back to his boss & told him his dilemma. The boss told him to go & talk to Bill. “May be there is something Bill knows that you and I dont”. John asked Bill how he managed to cut more trees. Bill answered,” John, after every tree I cut, I take a break for 2 minutes and sharpen my axe. When was the last time you sharpened your axe??” This question hit him like a bullet and John got the answer.

This is a small story but brain striking lesson from book YOU CAN WIN by Shiv Khera.

Moral: I guess there is no need of any further explanations, SAMAJHDAARO KE LIYE ISHAARE HI KAAFI HAI,, and story gives u lots of hints. So start sharping your axes straight from today onwards.


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  1. great post.Rahul. High Quality and deep thoughts. You are one of the few people who are building and not breaking.

    made really good reading. I guess its time to go sharpen my axe… or i could just hire you and be more productive 🙂 kidding.

    best regards from Hollywood, Los Angeles,

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