The moral of the “Hare and Tortoise” story is, Slow and steady wins the race. If the chastened Hare were to race the tortoise again, would you bet on the tortoise?
I would not. After his defeat, the hare is sure to realize that he lost the race due to his own fault and not because the tortoise was slow and steady. This time he would not repeat the mistake of taking a break from the race . He would take a break after finishing the race. This would leave the poor tortoise absolutely no chance of winning .
Let us analyze this defeat as to why a champion racer like him lost the race to a mere tortoise . Was it because that the tortoise was SLOW AND STEADY that he lost ? No , that was not true . He lost the race because he did not finish the race and the tortoise did . Had he not taken rest and finished the race , he would have easily defeated the Hare . Then , nobody would have said
“ SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE” .
Was it because the tortoise had more potential than him ? No . Obviously he had much more potential as far as racing was concerned. The tortoise was no match . . But all the potential was of no use because he did not finish the race .
Why did he not complete the race ? If he were racing against his peers , would he have taken a nap ? He took the nap only because he was racing against the tortoise . The race was not challenging enough . That is the reason he had become complacent and could not bring the best in him In his case of the tortoise the goal would really stretch his abilities and was a great challenge . It brought out the best in him .
Also , He had agreed for a race where he had everything to lose and nothing to gain . Even if he had won the race he would not have gained anything . He was anyway expected to win. He had nothing to gain in recognition or fame or rewards . However when he lost to the tortoise he had lost all his reputation in one day .
For the tortoise , it was the reverse , this race he had everything to gain and nothing to lose . So it was worthwhile for him to enter this race . If the tortoise had lost ,no one would have ridiculed him because he was anyway expected to lose . He became an instant hero when he won the race.
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