Basketball on the Edge – Sharpen the Saw

What’s the one thing you must do consistently if you want to be a great player? Here is an old story about a lumberjack that demonstrates the value of preparation and skill development.

A man came upon a lumberjack in the woods working to saw down a tree. The lumberjack was exhausted from working for hours. The man suggests that the lumberjack take a break to sharpen the saw. The lumberjack replied, “I don’t have time to sharpen the saw, I’m busy sawing!”

Put in a basketball context, this means “I don’t have time to practice and develop my skills, I’m busy playing.“

Young basketball players must “sharpen the saw”. “Sharpening the saw” every day makes you a better, more skilled player. If all you do is “saw” (play) you’ll never reach your potential in the game basketball. You must be willing to put in the time to hone your craft when no one is watching.

Remember, the sharpest saw will cut down the largest trees. The more ambitious your goals, the more time you must be willing to commit.
Do you “sharpen the saw” or are you too busy sawing?


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