Sharpening Our Ax
Abraham Lincoln said, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
At NU Breed, we are putting time on our calendar to sharpen our coaching ax.
Here's a story that explains why we do this.
Once upon a time, a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant. The pay was excellent, and so were the working conditions. For those reasons, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.
His boss gave him an ax and showed him the area where he would work.
On the first day, the woodcutter felled 18 trees.
"Congratulations," the boss said. "Go on that way!"
Motivated by the boss's words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he could only bring down 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he could only manage ten trees. Day after day, he finished with fewer 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've had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been so busy trying to cut trees."
At NU Breed, we want to be our best, and part of that is keeping our coaching ax sharp. So we have committed to providing coaches training to keep our coaches' skills strong.
To continue to provide value for you and your athletes, we will better next club season. We are good, but we will be better for the next season.
We are NU Breed, the rumor of something good.