The Lumberjack Who Worked Smarter . . .
It’s a lumberyard and there were these lumberjacks that this lumberyard sends out every day to the forest out in Oregon to chop down trees.
It’s early June and all the recruits of college guys came to work for the summer, and you know, they’re all college athletes and most of them were football players and these huge guys because not only are they getting paid, but they were also getting in shape by swinging axe all day.
This was the perfect job.
So, after a few weeks, after the initial thrust were people are kind of getting a little bored, one day the boss called everybody over and he said, “Okay, every once in a while I do this. We’re going to give a bonus of $250 to whoever chops down the most trees today.
So, we’re going to start as we always do at eight o’clock.
Everybody is going to take an hour break for lunch, and then you’re going to hear the bell ring at five o’clock.
Then, we’ll tell you tomorrow who won the prize.
Well, everybody’s geared up because these are all competitive guys, and about twenty of them, all college guys.
There was one guy who was in his sixties.
He’s been working for this company for years and years and years and years. Everybody totally discounted him.
Well, everybody started swinging their axe and falling trees and the energy level was high, but the old guy like every hour, hour and a half, he would just mosey up the way into a shed and come back fifteen minutes later and start chopping again.
So, people said, “What a loser this guy is.”
So, they’re chopping and chopping and then another hour and a half later, they see the old guy go up to the shed and all that. Okay, five o’clock, everybody ends with a big spurt, and everybody thinks they won.
The next morning at eight o’clock, the boss calls everybody around, and he said, “Ralph, come over here.
Here’s your $250.”
Everybody says, “Are you kidding me?
Ralph was the old guy.
How he could win?
He was taking a break.
How could he win?
How could he chop down more trees?”
Somebody said, “Ralph, what were you doing when you’re going up to that shed?”
Ralph said, “I might be old, but I’m smart.
I was doing something that you guys weren’t doing.
Every hour, hour and a half, I was sharpening my axe.
I was sharpening my axe.”
That’s what we’re talking about.
The person who gets the best grades is not the person that works the hardest.
It’s the person who works the smartest, and we’ve spent all these hours trying to convince you of this that don’t just keep swinging the axe, just don’t keep working hard.
Start working smart.
Prep for you week ahead today – Kyle Newell
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