The Tortoise and the Hare

“Slow and steady wins the race.”

Oh, how many times we’ve heard that quote. It comes, of course, from Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare, in which the the hare’s overinflated ego drives him to failure. Because he knows he is capable of winning, he doesn’t put forth the effort to win, which is obviously a stupid thing to do.

The mentality of the elite puts them at a disadvantage, because they don’t push themselves to achieve all that they could. For some reason, they are content knowing that they could do anything they wanted, without actually doing it.

Everyone loves the hares, because they’re like colorful fireworks with the potential to change the world. It’s inspiring, in a way… or you’re sure it will be, when they wake up from their nap.

But one day you notice the self-motivated tortoise that has been invisible to your starstruck eyes all along. With his careful deliberation and steady dependability, he has finished the race and accomplished more than the flighty hare ever did while waiting for his big break.

Moral of the story: potential is meaningless. Action is everything.

Published in: on September 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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