There was once a story about two lumberjacks. The first lumberjack was a five-time world champion. He was big, strong, hard working, and most importantly, he had years and years of experience. The second lumberjack was smaller, scrappier and had only a few years of experience.
The two lumberjacks faced off in a duel. The rules were simple. They both had the same axes, the same sized trees, and the first person to chop down their tree, wins. The stakes were high. Winner of the duel gets the championship belt.
The duel began and they started swinging away. After the first hour, the scrappy lumberjack threw his axe over his shoulder, walked away, took a ten-minute break and returned. After another hour, he took another ten-minute break. When he walked away, the experienced lumberjack laughed to himself, “Kids these days don’t understand the value of consistent hard work. There are no breaks in life. You’ve got to pay your dues. That’s what experience teaches you!”
But still, they both kept chopping away at their trees. All of a sudden, they heard a cracking noise and the first tree fell over. The young, scrappy lumberjack…won.
The experienced lumberjack was shocked. “What’s your secret?” he asked. “How did you win even after taking all those breaks?”
“There is no secret,” the scrappy lumberjack admitted. “And I wasn’t taking breaks. I was sharpening my axe.”