Do you remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? I’m sure you do, this is a story I feel every child is told. Slow and steady wins the race – that is the great truth that many adults who tell this story to children want to convoy.
When I look back to the story of the tortoise and the hare, there are two things we can learn that I think is screaming at us to understand, and neither is slow and stead wins the race.
First, focus on you. When we look at the tortoise in this story, one thing that he does is run his race. He isn’t concerned about the race the hare is running. If he tried to keep up with the hare, he would tire out and quit the race. Also, when he saw the hare napping if he decided to take a break himself, the hare might wake up and beat him to the finish line. But no, the tortoise ran his race at his pace, being confident in his skills and worrying more about finishing the race.
Second is don’t be arrogant. If we look at the story, the tortoise didn’t win because slow and steady wins the race, the tortoise wins because the hare gets so far ahead that he decides to take a nap. In his arrogance, he believed that even with taking a nap he could still win the race.
So next time you hear the story of the tortoise and the hare, or you read it to a child, remember what we need to learn is NOT slow and steady wins the race, instead learn to focus on you and don’t be arrogant.
Both good life lessons, no matter how old you are.