About a fortnight back I read a blog by Chetan Khosla, (for his blog please visit http://chetankhosla.wordpress.com) which I found overwhelmingly important for young professionals. The title of the blog was “Everyday learning” (http://chetankhosla.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/everyday-learning-10/).
Chetan talked about the importance of continuous learning, if possible learning one new thing daily before one ends his/her day.
& yesterday I read a story to my daughter from her “Bedtime story book” which gave similar message in ever so subtle manner. I just can’t resist myself to share it with all of you.
The story goes like this:-
Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job with a timber merchant, and he got it.
The salary 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 boss’ words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but could bring 15 trees only. The third day he tried even harder, but could bring 10 trees only.
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…”
Over the years, following our daily routine, doing more-or-less similar stuff in office, back home etc most of us usually end up in similar state. And as the woodcutter boss said, it is important to continue to sharpen your axe if one wishes to continue to “Add Value” & “Remain Useful”