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What a tragic waste of life…

By Marcus Santer

Sharpen your axe

The Sunday Quote:

“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things… I am tempted to think there are no little things.”
Bruce Barton

I’d like to tell you a quick story.

It’s about a woodcutter who got a job cutting down trees.

The woodcutter was a hard worker and the first day he cut down 50 trees.

His boss was very impressed.

The next day the woodcutter was determined to do even better.

He put in more effort, but by the end of the day he’d only cut down 35 trees.

And at the end of the next day he’d only cut down 20 trees.

On the forth day the woodcutter went to his boss to apologise.

His boss listened and then asked: “When was the last time you sharpened your axe?”

“I haven’t got time to sharpen my axe” The woodcutter replied, “I’m too busy cutting down trees.”

Cool little story huh?

I first came across a variation of this story in Stephen R. Covey’s book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Habit 7 is: Sharpen The Saw, Principles of balanced self renewal.

It’s all about preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have.


Thing is, when I watch and listen to the people around me, I don’t see much preserving and enhancing going on.

I see people:

And I see too many good people thinking that taking some overhyped supplement can fix it all.

This isn’t a judgement, it’s just an observation.

Modern life, for all of its marvels, is damn hard.

And if you’re not taking the time to preserve and enhance yourself:

You’re playing a very dangerous game.

How come?

Because if you don’t take care of the little things that preserve and enhance life, sooner or later your body will give you no choice.

Don’t believe me?

According to the World Health Organisation, in 2015 71% of all deaths worldwide were from largely avoidable illness. And 80% of premature heart disease, stroke and diabetes can be prevented[1].

What a tragic waste of life.

Especially when the ways to preserve and enhance life are so well documented.

You can find them collected, in order of importance, here.

Bye for now


References used:
[1] Global Health Observatory (GHO) data http://www.who.int/gho/ncd/en/

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