”Remember, slow and steady wins the race.”
The Tortoise and the Hare have always been one of my favorites. Slow and steady; determined and diligent; humble and hushed. The tortoise signifies what all men and women are exhorted to be. Upon reading it recently I noticed just how diligent and unassuming the tortoise is. His determination and perseverance to finish the race without letting the arrogant, indulgent and proud hare get in his way is his key to success. The tortoise’s eyes are set firmly on the finish line and his slow yet steady steps forward keep him on the straight and narrow path.
In contrast, the hare is proud, boastful and indulgent. He knows that he’s quick and therefore becomes cocky in his own abilities. The hare is quick to judge the tortoise’s ability as well. Hare becomes lazy and takes a nap or stops for a snack during the race since he assumes that the tortoise will never catch up to him. His gaze veers off course and the finish line inevitably is far from him. But the tortoise’s diligence prevails.
”We live in a culture full of hares, but the tortoise always wins.”
I found this to be true as I was able to identify with the Hare; as I have been the Hare at different times in my life. Here are a few lessons I learned from this popular fable.
Lesson # 1: Sometimes we take too long to make decisions.
Sure the Hare did not think out his plan clearly but he acted, he saw his opportunity and he acted. The lesson learned is simply this, though he probably had many failures he learned a valuable lesson that would take him through life.
You can’t get anywhere if you’re still sitting at the starting line.
Lesson #2: It’s ok to make mistakes they only make you more aware.
The Hare learned to be more persistent and that being the fastest does not always equate to being the winner.
Persistence always wins as it helps you to build muscle.
Lesson #3: Competition is not always between you and someone else.
As we saw for the Hare his only competitor was himself and his thinking. Our limited beliefs, his being “I am the fastest so I can lie around and take a nap” this idea was his downfall.
Some of us think this way as well, I am the best, strongest, etc. So I don’t really need to learn more, do more or expend extra energy to accomplish the next task.
As they say, this will result in an EPIC FAIL!
Lesson #4: Slow and Steady really does win the race.
The Tortoise was a perfect example of this, even in the face of sure defeat he persisted. He kept going and never ever looked back.
Persistence will take you’re further than worry, boasting, or fear any day.
Lesson # 5: Don’t worry about the guy next to you, just run your own race. You already won it in your mind! That’s where it all begins.
If you can see if you can achieve it!
There are many other lessons I took away from this story but these were the ones that stuck out. I hope you found them useful as well as entertaining.
Thanks For Reading 🙂