Slow and steady wins the race?

By Rajesh Setty | Published on:

For years we have heard the story of “Tortoise and the Hare

For those who missed, here is one version of it:


One day a tortoise and a hare had an argument. The hare was bragging about how fast he could run. The tortoise challenged the hare and long story short – they both decided to have a race and decide the winner.

The race began and of course, the hare ran fast and was ahead of the tortoise. Midway, the hare stopped and looked back and realized that the tortoise was very far and was walking slowly. He decided to rest for a while and took a short nap.

Meanwhile, the tortoise did not stop and walked and walked and went past the sleeping hare. Very soon he was near the finishing line. The hare woke up and realized that the tortoise had gone past him. He ran as fast as he could but alas, the tortoise had crossed the finish line.

See, slow and steady wins the race.


There is no challenge here. The conclusion was based on one single assumption in the story that the hare will sleep before it reaches the finish line. Really, what are the chances that the hare will sleep before he hits the finish line? 1 in 1000. So, based on a such a slim chance, you conclude that “slow and steady wins the race?”

Stories can mis-lead us and take us in the wrong direction if we are not careful. If you really want to conclude “slow and steady wins the race”, please go and find something else other than the above story to
based your conclusions on.

My $.02: This story
has run its course. When everyone around you is “fast and steady” and you are “slow”, this story or the conclusion won’t help. You need to change!

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