In yesterday’s article, I spoke about achieving goals in small bites. I spoke about the riddle of how to eat an elephant. In today’s article I want to speak about a fable. The fable of the tortoise and the hare. In the fable we read about how the tortoise challenges the hare to a race because of the hares incessant boasting. The hare accepted the tortoise’s challenge and the race began.
The story goes on to share how the hare scoffs at the tortoise’s challenge. The hare, because his “superior speed” thought he would surely beat the tortoise. In the hare’s arrogance, by what he said and did; minimized, marginalized and discounted the possibility that the tortoise could run and even win the race. As the fable comes to a close, we find that the tortoise is actually waiting.
Waiting for the hare at the finish line. The line written at the end of the fable denotes the meaning of the story. Slow and steady wins the race. Although the hare was much quicker than the tortoise, because the tortoise stayed committed to running his race; the tortoise went on to finish and win the race. Although the tortoise was scoffed at, the tortoise did not give up.
In life you may find yourself confronted by hares. Hares that scoff at you and lead you to believe that you can not possibly win because of this, that or the other thing. My suggestion to you is to press on with what you are doing in your life. Stay committed to running your race through working on your goals, a little (one bite) at a time, don’t give up and you will win your race.
You will win your race, accomplish things you never dreamed possible and in the process, prove them wrong.
To read about my process of proving them wrong, click on the following link: My Experience of Living with a Brain Injury
Quotes to Inspire
“One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.” Albert Schweitzer
“It is not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” Epictetus
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” Helen Keller
“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” Thomas Edison — inventor of the light bulb and many other inventions
“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky
“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” Babe Ruth
“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic.” Anonymous
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill
“Courage does not always roar, sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying “I will try again tomorrow.” Mary Ann Radmacher
“Regardless of your lot in life, you can build some thing beautiful on it.” Zig Zigler
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
“Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.” William James
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