the hour, throughout the day.
When the 6 hours were
up and the whistle was blown, the judges marked and counted
the fallen timber. The contestants waited, huddled in a group,
for the results. When the winner was announced, there was
a stunned silence, both on the part of the judges and the
The winner was none other
than Henry, the lumberjack who insisted on taking 10 minute
rests every hour, on the hour, throughout the day.
The judges congratulated him,
but felt duty-bound to ask how it was possible that he had
felled more trees! He had rested for a total of 60 minutes,
so, in effect, only chopping wood for 5 hours instead of 6,
as the others had . What had he been doing during those 10
His reply was simple: “I
was sharpening my axe.” Practice is simply that: a sharpening
of your skills and improving your ability to break more targets
than your competitors.