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Motivation from a children’s fable

I’m reminded of the story of the tortoise and the hare. In case you have never heard this old fable let me tell you about it. On day a tortoise and a hare got into a race. The hare was the clear favorite and everyone knew it. Long story short the race started and the hare was way ahead, so far that he decided to take a nap under a tree. meanwhile the turtle kept his slow but steady pace and made it to the finish line before the hare. It really seemed like it was going to be a simple race and that the hare would beat the tortoise with no problems, but that’s not what happen. There are several lessons from this children’s fable we can use as motivation.

Never assume victory or defeat no matter the odds.

Never let the odds take away your motivation to give your all. The odds were stacked against the tortoise, seemed like the hare would run away with race. Being over confident can cause us not to try as hard, which can leave room for scenarios we didn’t expect or consider. On the other hand not simply expecting defeat, and giving a strong consistent effort can cause you to win even when it seems impossible.

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” -Tim Notke

Just because you’re in the lead doesn’t mean it’s time to rest.

At one time Blackberry was leader in smartphones. In fact a lot of people consider them to be the company that created the segment. They were ahead of everyone else in that market, but today they are barely a factor. No matter how big a lead you have your opponents will still be chasing behind you. If you rest because you’re in the lead you may be giving your competition the chance to catch up and even pass you. Even if you were ahead, once you fall behind, you may never be able to regain the ground you lost.

Every single step counts

Even if you only take a single step towards your goal a day, each of those steps adds up to the whole. Over the long run you will look back and see how far you have come. A single step alone is powerful, but if you add all of the single steps together the sum is so much greater than you realize or imagine. The tortoise never stopped because the hare was ahead, it just kept moving at an constant pace. If you think about a skyscraper, it’s not built overnight, but little by little each day. Consistency is the key that makes it all work.

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