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A woodcutter got a new job. He was given an axe and shown where to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees in. “Well done,” his boss said. “Keep going!” Motivated, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he could only bring in 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder, yet he only got 10. Day after day he was bringing lesser and lesser trees in. “I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologised. His boss then asked: “When was the last time you sharpened your axe?”. The woodcutter responded: “Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I've been busy trying to cut trees…”. This story emphasises the importance of using the resources available to us in order to achieve our goals and overcome challenges at work. There are two types of resources: They can be external (coming from the environment) or internal (personal resources). 

External resources
Physical, social, and organisational aspects of your work and personal domain that are functional in achieving your goals, help you cope with stress, and stimulate growth and development (Bakker & Demerouti, 2014). It is important to identify these resources and make the space to cultivate them. You'll be provided with plenty of support, autonomy, and feedback in your magnificent journey of transformation, along with training – where you can gain knowledge relevant to your competence; and be inspired by amazing leaders.

Internal resources
They refer to attitudes and beliefs towards life, such as optimism, hope, resilience, and self-efficacy (Luthans, Avolio, Avey, & Norman, 2007) that come in handy when life gets tough. Instead of focusing on what needs to be fixed, we’ll focus on your strengths and polishing them. At the Bright institute, you are given the space to nurture your personal resources.