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Victorious Hockey Weekly: Chop Wood Carry Water 1-6 Canadian Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 25 Sep 2019  
By: Stephen Heisler,

We hope that you have enjoyed an exceptional week in hockey. Today's topic is the start of an important series that Coach Littler wants to share with all of you. 

This information from Joshua Medcalf:
Story starts with two young brothers who wanted to become samurai warriors: archers. John older brother. Jordan younger brother who was hurt in car accident.
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 John always admired his brothers’ positive attitude despite his circumstances.
When John turned 18, he went to Japan to pursue his dream.
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When John arrived , he was greeted by a friendly old sensei named Akira. He helped John unload his bags and get settled. As they walked the grounds, taking a look at the advanced training areas and shooting ranges, John grew more and more excited. This place is amazing! He couldn’t wait to get started.
But the next morning, Akira gathered the newly – arrived apprentices and informed them of their first task: for the rest of the morning, they must chop wood and carry water.
John was surprised and confused. He addressed his teacher with the proper title of respect that they had been taught: “Akira – sensei, what do you mean?”
The old man explained that their community was outfitted with every modern convenience, except for heat and running water. Instead of using gas or electricity, they burned wood for heat when. The weather grew cold. And in order to use water in the bathrooms and kitchen, it must be brought by hand from the well outside. Thus, in order for the community to use water and stay warm during the winter, the community depended on everyone to chop wood and carry water.
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 “But when will I shoot?” John wondered aloud.
Akira just smiled.
“Shooting will come soon enough. But first you must chop wood and carry water.”
The next day Akira told him the story of a man named Kota…
…who built some of the finest houses in all of Tokyo. His work became famous due to his dedication to the process, his willingness to beat on his craft, and his relentlessness devotion to keep learning, even late into his career.
He wanted to retire. He made plans, but the boss persuaded him to build one last house.
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But while Kota had agreed with his head to build the house, his heart was no longer in it. He had always been very hands on through the entire building process, always selecting the finest materials by hand and making sure every detail was diligently tended to.
But this house was different.
He viewed it more as an obligation than an opportunity.

He delegated much of the work and consequently a lot of things started slipping through the cracks.
Kotaz knew in his heart that this was far from his best work.
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 He went back to his boss, telling him, “I did what you asked. Now I am asking, one last time, for your blessing to retire.”
His boss said, “Thank you Kota! We just have one more thing!”
Now Kota was beginning to get really upset because he thought they were going to ask him to build another house.
His boss reached into his desk and pulled out a very small black box with a red ribbon tied around it. He handed the box and said, “We are so grateful for you, Kota. This is a gift of our appreciation.”
Kota pulled the ribbon, opening the box to discover a set of shiny new keys. His boss smiled, “The house is yours! You deserve it!”
Immediately his heart sank. Unbeknownst to Kota, the whole time he had been building his own house.
 If he had only known the house was his own, he would have cared so much more. He would have only used the finest materials, and he would have overseen every detail and given it his all like he had always done. But now it was too late.
Akira looked at John and said, “The only thing that is truly significant about today, or any other day, is who you become in the process. Think about it John. What good is it to reach the top if you skip steps to get there?
Would you want the person flying your plane, performing surgery, or handling your money to have cheated?”
Each of us are building our own house. Sometimes you might think you are building for your school, your family, your company or your team, but you are always building your own house…I hope you build wisely.”
The story hit home for John and he really started to think deeply about his own life. He sat in silent contemplation while wondering if he had been building his house wisely. Player Profiles
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Author: Stephen Heisler from
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with Victorious Hockey Company. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.

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