There is a story of two lumberjacks, one in his later years and a strong young man. Both were fearless lumberjacks and could clear big trees swiftly out of a forrest. One day the young lad challenged the old man to see who could cut down the most trees in a day.
That day, both men went with their Axes and went to work. One tree after the other, the men used their skill with an Axe to cut down many trees that day. About mid-day, the young man noticed that after the old man cut down a tree, he would take a 10-15 minute break.
At the end of the day, they tallied up the number of trees each chopped down. The old man had cut down 10 more trees that day then the young man. The young lad looked at the old man and said, “How is it that I took no breaks the whole day and you took a break after each tree and you cut down so many more trees than I.” The old man looked at the boy and said, “Son, you thought I was taking a break, I was, but what you didn’t see if me sharpening my Axe every time I rested.”
The Moral of The Story
The moral of the story is most people are swinging with a dull Axe. If you don’t take the time to sharpen your skill sets, and your tools, you are going to get beat.
Real World Distractions
We live in a world of many distractions. I call a lot of things distractions if they are things that are not enhancing the value of your life or the lives of others. Television is one of those things.
While people might think what I am about to say is crazy, it’s truth, trust me!
You are subliminally controlled by everything that enters your eyes and your ears. When watching TV your constantly being bombarded with garbage. Don’t get me wrong there are educational shows and some good channels. My point is, you will become what you watch and hear. You will take advice from the wrong people.
I love what my friend and business coach Aaron Rashkin says. He says most people have had 18,000 meals with the wrong people who have given them bad advice.
People who don’t the same fruit on the tree as you would like to have, may mean well, but are in no position to give financial advice.
To take control of your finances, you have to take control of YOU.