Frustrated and exhausted, the man set his hammer down and leaned against the rock. A man on horse back in the distance caught the man's eye as the stranger, dressed in black, rode toward him and the menacing boulder he leaned on. The man's predicament was obvious to the stranger and he offered his assistance by empathetically taking the hammer from the defeated gentleman. The stranger got down from his horse and rolled up his sleeves while holding the hammer under his elbow. He adjusted his hat, took the hammer and with one giant swing, cracked the giant boulder right down the middle, breaking it in half.
The stunned man looking in astonishment asked the stranger how he could have possibly broke the rock with one swing. The stranger handed the hammer back, looked directly into his eyes and said, "It wasn't the last swing that broke the rock. It was the hundreds of swings before it.”