I hope, most of us remember the Aesop’s fable of Hare and tortoise, it was our first encounter with word race, it is told in the story a Hare challenged a tortoise to race, race started, Hare advanced well and confident of victory decided to a take rest and fall asleep, hare woke up only when race was finished and tortoise was declared winner.
The moral of this story is -“Slow and Steady Wins the Race”.
This is the version of the story with which we grow up.
But recently, a friend, who is in marketing business, told me an
extended version of this story and added few more morals.
1. Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady
After losing hare was disappointed and realized that reason for losing the race was that he was overconfident, careless and his lax attitude. There is no way a tortoise can beat him. So he challenged the tortoise to another race. The race started again and this time Hare won because he ran consistently
2. Identify your Strengths and then compete in areas of your strength
After losing the tortoise did some thinking, and realized that he cannot beat the hare in a race until the route for race is changed and tortoise then challenged the hare to another race, but on a slightly different route.
Race started again hare was leading the race until he found a river in front of him and finish line was still many miles away. Hare stopped there and in meantime tortoise swan to opposite bank, continued trailing and finished the race.
3. Team work: to harness each other’s core competencies
Now they decided to run the race for last time but as friends rather than to compete with each other. They started off, and this time the hare carried the tortoise till the riverbank. There, the tortoise took over and swam across with the hare on his back. On the opposite bank, the hare again carried the tortoise and they reached the finishing line together that too in record time.
After listening to my friends detailed analysis of story a thought came to my mind that there is one more……