The “Work Harder” Approach (taken from Educational Leadership magazine, April 2013)
Once upon a time, two loggers had a contest to determine who could cut the most logs in a 4-hour period. Henri worked continuously for 4 hours without a break and cut 124 logs to specification. His opponent, Jacques, chopped just as hard but only for 50 minutes of each hour. Jacques took four 10-minute breaks but cut 144 logs to specification. Henri lost the contest but was furious. Henri complained that he was cheated since Jacques could not have cut that many logs because there were periods when he was not chopping. Then Jacques explained that during his breaks he didn’t rest. He sharpened his axe.
There is a great deal of emphasis on being a hard worker or a “tireless chopper” in our society. We also tend to conform; to do things in the same way because “that’s the way it always has been done”. I can just imagine how incensed Henri must have been! It was impossible for him to imagine a better way. Yet there was.
We live in an age where there are so many tools at our disposal. Tools which can make chopping the wood just a little easier and quicker. A single book can contain information that can greatly enhance a person’s enjoyment of life. Of course there are other tools as well.
What tools are on your tool belt?