Sharpen Your Axe

Once upon a time, a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant and he got it. The pay was really good and so was the work condition. For those reasons, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he supposed to work.

The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees.

“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!”

Very motivated by the boss words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he could only bring 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he could only bring 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less 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 had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees…”


I mentioned this woodcutter story because it can directly be related to our network marketing lives. Oftentimes we get so bogged down with what we think we need to do that we do not “sharpen our axe”; or in this case think, learn and grow.

Network Marketers affect others in two major ways; impact and impressions. Examples of impact are personal conversations and presentations. On the other hand, an example of an impression is a Facebook post.

We must never be afraid to take the profit plunge; or a deep leap of faith that is targeted toward improving your income. I admit, this industry is difficult and I enjoy it because I am learning on a daily basis. Be a perpetual student. When you think you know it all you’re about to have a fall. You should always be sharpening your ax. Be a student of marketing.

“Don’t wish it was easier wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge wish for more wisdom.” – Jim Rohm

We all know that lies are not believable, and below is why:

  • L – limitations (that only exist in our minds)
  • I – intimidation (don’t have a belief level)
  • E – expectations (what we put on ourselves)

Remember, work on yourself more than you work on your business. Always sharpen your marketing axe. Some activities that can be “sharpening” activities could include:

  • creating content (blog post, video, webinar, etc.)
  • your MLM back office (getting familiar with your product)
  • revisiting your compensation plan ( it is so important to know how you get paid within your MLM company)

Create your own journey, but do not forget your axe.

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