Proficiency and Competence Against the Blunt Instrument

in life •  10 days ago

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Working with intensity is different from working with elegance. While the latter gets you results, the first one only exhausts you to the point of contemplating surrender.

You can attain a will that a lot of people can only dream about; you can decide to put many hours into your work every day and work with a fiery passion unrivalled in the whole world; you can fight with perseverance and consistency… and you can fail nonetheless.


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Sometimes, in order to achieve victory, you need utilize intelligence before developing a hard-working mentality. That admirable struggle can only get you so far, and you will feel the need for a sense of cunning to take advantage of the tools and the environment around you to improve your efficiency.

A blunt instrument is fully capable of accomplishing the deed, and it will eventually take you where you need to go, but in the inadequacy of an absent competence, you will lose the most valuable resource of all: “Time.”


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One day, a man walked past a lumberjack cutting a tree in the morning. In the afternoon, when the man was coming back home from work and decided to take the route through the forest again. He saw the lumberjack again, and hours had passed, but he was still striking the same tree with his axe. The axe must be blunted, the man thought.

“Why wouldn’t you sharpen the axe first and then cut the tree?” The man asked.

“Sharpen the axe? If only I had time to sharpen the axe!” The lumberjack replied.

This is the same folly that awaits us at the start of every journey. The senselessness of the tools that we sometimes utilize will only waste our time and gain us nothing but the regret of not spending our time on thinking more about what we yearn to do and gathering more intelligence on it.

Abraham Lincoln once said,

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”


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Dreamers who realize their dreams spend a lot of time studying the world and how each and every aspect of it can help them develop this dream into a reality of its own. If you merely dream, or even take steps towards realizing, without an extensive knowledge and vision about the world and its capacities, you will be a lumberjack struggling to cut down a tree with a blunted axe.

Work hard, but be cunning. This has never been a world that compensates labor, but one that rewards intelligence and cleverness.

Sharpen your axe, and let go of the convenience of the blunt instrument.


Regards
@chbartist

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I agree with your material today. Intelligence is not enough work is not enough but utilizing all your resources and figuring out your problems whether it be chopping a tree down, going to college and getting a scholarship or writing a book each one of these endeavors require thought and strategy. You don't even have to be a brainiac to understand that you need to take time listing priorities [choose a good tree, sharpen the ax, get up earlier ect.]. I remember when I started blogging trying to figure out what to write about and it eluded me often. But now the most simple of all skills is what I realized needs to be executed the most... Simply writing.

How many years ago I wanted to write a book... I still want to write a book. Back then I purchased and loaned out hundreds of writing books on learning how to do that. Reading books on writing is akin to reading books on riding a bike. I can read all about balance I could read all about what clothes to wear what kind of bike to ride where I can ride the makes it and easiest ride etc etc... but I will never, ever learn how to ride a bike unless I get up on it and learn how to balance, move the pedals and steer.

Always a pleasure to see you.

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Well said @chbartist if we do any work without proper study and vision then it will take longer time and result will also not be good enough. As you mentioned what Lincoln said.. is the perfect method to start with. We must do all the homework about the task or project we are going to start. Not even knowledge instead we must prepare a roadmap and checklist for the work and start progress accordingly. That checklist and road-map will help a lot to finish the task in a proper ans smarter way. Have a great day friend @chbartist

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Careful planning and thorough preparation are one of the keys to success. A systematic methodology is a must. This is our ax to cut our way to success. Our familiarity with our tools makes us effective and efficient.

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@chbartist, First time i want to say that success is Illusion because we are more than materialistic aspects and by that i mean in my opinion everyone is here with the predestined roles and contributing towards one goal which is yet to explore may be it will good or bad. And i think most of the people are kept in the Lower Vibrational World where they are suppressed in daily life and it's not just like that, may there is an whole system there to control the Human Mind. So, whatever we till now learned from the past from this world may be an Lie. If you see this world, it's running behind those aspects which they never own and hold, and they call it success, but success is ascension from the limitation and to see the real beauty in every aspect and expanding the aspect of understanding. And life is greatest teacher and if you observe then life have an pattern and that is, what we hold as truth, it comes and it will change it every time and that is because in my opinion, in phases life will push us towards the Predestined Truth.

Wishing you an great day and stay blessed. 🙂

Intelligence and cunning come through a lot of experience and it is God gifted too, society will teach us how to be it, we are the students and society is the teacher,among us the result of the exam will not be same, one may choose blunt axe, other may choose sharpened axe, reading your article we should all try to choose sharpened axe to be the successful one in life.

I agree with your material today. Intelligence is not enough work is not enough but utilizing all your resources and figuring out your problems whether it be chopping a tree down, going to college and getting a scholarship or writing a book each one of these endeavors require thought and strategy. You don't even have to be a brainiac to understand that you need to take time listing priorities [choose a good tree, sharpen the ax, get up earlier ect.]. I remember when I started blogging trying to figure out what to write about and it eluded me often. But now the most simple of all skills is what I realized needs to be executed the most... Simply writing.

How many years ago I wanted to write a book... I still want to write a book. Back then I purchased and loaned out hundreds of writing books on learning how to do that. Reading books on writing is akin to reading books on riding a bike. I can read all about balance I could read all about what clothes to wear what kind of bike to ride where I can ride the makes it and easiest ride etc etc... but I will never, ever learn how to ride a bike unless I get up on it and learn how to balance, move the pedals and steer.

Always a pleasure to see you.

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This is a great analogy to think about as the tools available to us these days are abundant and increase our productivity immensely. The amount of information we have access to through the communities we form are a great tool to gain perspectives and knowledge before attending issues that may arise. Leverage tools and resources to gain knowledge and insight and you can succeed efficiently!

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Hello. I find this content so meaningfull that I Took the liberty to translate him to my language, portuguese. If you apreciate it, please tell me how can I send you the translated content and feel free to use it if you consider usefull.
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Olá @isabelpereira, eu tenho planos para fazer isso mas ainda não posso por causa de restrições que tenho com os meus agentes da minha carreira artística. Tenho contratos que vedam que meu conteúdo autoral seja exposto em português, mas eu já the inclui na na minha lista, basta ver acima. Mande um Oi para mim no steemchat e no momento certo eu vou te explicar como faremos tudo isso em portugues e se você quiser nós podemos fazer algo juntos porque como eu disse, eu já tenho a estratégia programada com o meu staff. Mas devido ao seu interesse demonstrado em suas palavras em breve nós podemos falar sobre algo. Me envie um oi no steemchat para que eu tenha como me comunicar com você na hora certa. Deixa comigo! E vamos juntos. Um grande abraço!

Action without knowledge is like a ship without a captain. The ship will never reach the destination of the journey and if they do travel , these ship will go and reach somewhere else.

Be the captain of our life , but before we start sailing as a captain , we have to learn to become a captain .

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A very correct friend, it is necessary to prepare her completely before doing any work.

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Makes sense, because intelligence is a highly valued quality in all aspects of life. If you are cunning and intelligent then you have a more power not to yourself but possibly to influence other people.

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Very wise your words ... nothing worth working if you do things madly without first analyzing the environment and designing smart strategies to achieve the goal you have set .... you will spend days and days of work and in the end you will end up very exhausted, being able to have achieved the goal in less time and without so much effort if it had been planned intelligently.

Well said, we must all learn to be wise in all the things we do, we must learn to apply wisdom. For example that lincoln quote, it really shows wisdom a lot. That is what we should learn to do. Instead of wasting our time on things that will not bring yield. Why not have a rethink and try to apply wisdom to it

@chbartist sir!
Yes, in order to fulfill dreams, or to achieve the goal, hard work and effort are not enough, but there is also a broad knowledge and vision about their abilities. For example, if we ask some people how much time it takes to complete a 200-kilometer journey. So everyone will have different ideologies because the one who thinks like that will tell the same. Someone will think of going from a train to any bus and from a ship. Now how we think about our dreams it depends on us.

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Oh your words!
Your example reminds me of my steemit journey. I studied different material about steemit for long before I jump on the network. I don't know how fruitful it became for me but your words are giving me courage.
Thanks for the motivation.

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Every day there is a battle to be fought, and we must be prepared to fight against our limits, that is why it is important to work intelligently, giving us also our spaces for proper preparation and rest.

Me encanta esta frase para aplicar en mi vida: "Working with intensity is different from working with elegance." Gracias muy buen post.

I love this phrase to apply in my life: "Working with intensity is different from working with elegance." Thank you very good post.

Well said buddy! For sure hard work may not reach glory without smart work. intelligence is surely been rewarded .
Keep up with such inspiring content.

Dreamers who realize their dreams spend a lot of time studying the world and how each and every aspect of it can help them develop this dream into a reality of its own.

So true. Many of us could be doing better in Steemit, just to name something we have in common, if we knew better the intricacies of this platform. There is so much we ignore and so many people we should be interacting with, so many apps we should be using...
Studying the terrain before a battle works for the military and in any other life activity.

Hey chbartist! Thanks so much for mentioning me again. I appreciate it. And I liked your post, its a very true statement. I upvoted and resteemed because you deserve it. Keep it up!

Fantastic post It can really make us reflect on how we are using our time, it is better to concentrate our strength, than to work more. Once I heard that 80% of the results are obtained with 20% of the work, I suppose it is true.

We have to work hard for get succes but yes we must have that intelligence also to achieve our goals...

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after going through this article, i am begging to ponder on the tools i have available at my disposal, and the purpose i have fashioned out for myself in this life.
But one thing, is certain, Awareness is a first step, and you have illuminated my mind towards that.
Regards

Very true buddy, because for every vision or dream you need fund or resources and skills

hello @chbartist, you have all the reason in life there are two types of work, the physical and the mental, the two are in hand, to do a physical job like cutting the tree, you must make a work plan, that not only it is the force, it is the indicated instrument, to know from which side you cut the tree, to see if it is very strong or weak, everything is a plan.
If you do an office job, it's a more dedicated job, for some simple ones but each one has its complexity.
The difference as dictates is to do it in a fast, fluid and simple way.
That occupies the least possible wear, and do it with much mysticism and passion, so you enjoy the time doing it.
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