A HARE one day ridiculed the short feet and slow pace of the Tortoise, who replied, laughing:
"Though you be swift as the wind, I will beat you in a race."
The Hare, believing her assertion to be simply impossible, assented to the proposal; and they agreed that the Fox should choose the course and fix the goal.
On the day appointed for the race the two started together.
The Tortoise never for a moment stopped, but went on with a slow but steady pace straight to the end of the course.
The Hare, lying down by the wayside, fell fast asleep. At last waking up, and moving as fast as he could, he saw the Tortoise had reached the goal, and was comfortably dozing after her fatigue.
Slow but steady wins the race.
What this story taught us about?
This old fable story reminds us the importance of persistence in whatever we do.
Past accomplishment of many great men and women have proven again and again that in order for one to achieve success in business, becoming an expert in a profession or to completely master anything requires a strong persistence.
The hare is fast to do the task, but lack the persistence to complete it. A person with that kind of weak persistence will not go far in life as obstacles or pleasures will easily stop them from doing what they first seek out to do.
On the hand the tortoise is slow, but that the result (fear of losing the race) does not discouraged him. He is willing to test his own strength without the fear of failure. Great man such as Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers (who believed that one day human can fly in the sky) possessed that kind of strong persistence.
The person that are looked upon as the world's successes have not always been a person of great physical power, nor at the start, did they seem very well adapted to the conditions which encompassed them. In the beginning, these people were not considered to be of superior genius, but they won their success by their resolution to achieve results in their undertakings by permitting no set-back to dishearten them, no difficulties to daunt them. Nothing could turn them or influence them against their persistent effort. They never lost sight of their goal.
Therefore, developed a strong persistence character as speed does not determine a person success or failure.
"As we express our gratitude, we must never
forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to
"If I have joy and laughter in my heart, I'm free" *-- Esoligh
"I feel a very unusual sensation - if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude." *-- Benjamin Disraeli
"Burning desire to be or do something gives us staying power, a reason to get up every morning or to pick ourselves up and start in again after a disappointment." *-- Marsha Sinetar
"The person who is certain to advance is the one who is too big for his place, who has clear concept of what he wants to be, who knows that he can become what he wants to be, and who is determined to be what he wants to be." *-- Wallace D. Wattles
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