Renew before you replace

When your kitchen knife doesn’t cut too well, it is often tempting to replace it with that brand new Zwilling J. A. Henckels chef’s knife you saw at a display in the mall perhaps. However, it is only a matter of weeks before that cutting-edge German knife is also going to turn just as blunt as your good old kitchen knife.

Knives go blunt with use. Although it is tempting to replace them when this happens, what we need is a regular routine of sharpening them and maintaining their edge.

When acquiring a particular skill, we often hit points where our performance gets rusty and does not improve rapidly. Although it is tempting in that moment to give up and move onto another skill, it is only a matter of time before we hit that point with the new skill we embrace.

Renewal is always worth considering before replacement.

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