New hare and tortoise story
We all know the old story of hare and tortoise. Today let’s read New hare and tortoise story.
Once, a hare saw a tortoise walking slowly with a heavy shell on his back. The hare was always very proud of himself. He asked the tortoise, “Shall we have a race?” The tortoise agreed. They started the running race. The hare ran very fast. But the tortoise walked very slowly. Feeling proud, hare rested under a tree and soon slept off. But the tortoise, walked slowly and steadily by the time hare was sleeping. And he won the race.
The moral- “Slow and steady wins the race. This is the version of the story that we’ve all grown up with.” This is the version we all are aware of. Today’ generation has expanded the story and given it a new meaning. Let’s continue…..
The hare was disappointed at losing the race. He sat and thought, what went wrong? He realized that he lost the race only because he had been overconfident, careless and relaxed. So he challenged the tortoise to another race. The tortoise agreed. This time, the hare was focused and was confident, not OVER confident. He ran without stopping from start to finish. He won by several miles.
The moral-” Fast and focused will always beat the slow and steady. It’s good to be slow and steady, but it’s better to be fast and focused.” Now tortoise was disappointed and the story continues.
The tortoise did some thinking this time and realized that there’s no way it can beat the hare in a race due to its body structure. It thought for a while and then challenged the hare to another race, but on a slightly different route. The hare agreed. They started off. In keeping with his self-made commitment to be consistently fast, the hare took off and ran at top speed until he came to a broad river. The finishing line was a couple of kilometers on the other side of the river. The hare sat there wondering what to do. The tortoise swam to the opposite bank, continued walking and finished the race.
The moral – “Identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core competency.”
The hare and the tortoise, by this time, had become pretty good friends and they did some thinking together. So they decided to do the last race again but to run as a team this time. 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. They both felt a greater sense of satisfaction than they’d felt earlier.
The moral – “United we stand, divided we fall”
It’s good to be individually brilliant and to have strong core competencies; but unless you’re able to work in a team and harness each other’s core competencies, you’ll always perform below par because there will always be situations at which you’ll do poorly and someone else does well.
The hare decided to work harder and put in more effort after his failure. The tortoise changed his strategy because he was already working as hard as he could.”
In life, when faced with failure, sometimes it is appropriate to work harder and put in more effort. Sometimes it is appropriate to change strategy and try something different. And sometimes it is appropriate to do both. The hare and the tortoise also learn another vital lesson. When we stop competing against a rival and instead start competing against the situation, we perform far better.
But the greatest lesson I’ve learned here is that the power of a team is very important. The members of the community are either tortoises or hares, but the thing is, WE SHOULD WORK TOGETHER.
Share if you are a hare, to find a tortoise for yourself and vice versa.
Read all Random-week series stories here.