The tortoise beat the hare in a race! Cheers! Everyone knows the children’s story ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’: The hare and tortoise raced against each other. The boastful hare took a big lead but rested on its laurels. It snoozed just before it got to the finish line, just to show off and prove to everyone that it could still win despite chilling out. While the hare was sleeping, the hardworking tortoise slowly and steadily inched its way to the finish line.
You’ve most certainly told Aesop’s fable countless times. Have you, however, told the entire story of the tortoise and hare? Have you told the little ones the reasons why the tortoise won against the hare? I’m sure you’ve told them some of the reasons, but allow me to remind you of the five reasons behind its famous and astounding victory.
Top 1 reason: The tortoise worked hard and tried its best.
Let’s admit it — we’re all different. Some are smarter than us, and that’s alright. That shouldn’t keep us from being successful though. Just like the tortoise, with hard work and by setting its heart in achieving something, it managed to finish the race and be victorious over the hare.
Top 2 reason: The hare was boastful.
The hare was overconfident. It knew it was going to win by literally a mile over the tortoise and made sure everyone knew about it. It taunted the tortoise and tried to humiliate it in front of the crowd. It even snoozed right in the middle of the race to allow the tortoise to catch up. If you possess something special, it’s common to use it to your advantage, but there is no need to be boastful about it.
Top 3 reason: The tortoise recognised its strengths and weaknesses.
There’s no point pretending to be someone you’re not. The tortoise possessed self-awareness. It knew it was slow, so it worked extra hard to meet its objective. It’s best to acknowledge and accept your strengths and weaknesses. Use your strengths to flourish in life and your weaknesses to challenge yourself to become an all-around better person.
Top 4 reason: The tortoise had set a clear goal and stuck with it.
How can one be successful in life if one doesn’t know what he or she wants? The turtle had an objective, and he saw it through in spite of all the obstacles and possibly some self-doubt. I’m sure the tortoise knew there was a huge chance he was going to lose, but its heart of hearts told it to stay focused.
Top 5 reason: Nothing could distract the tortoise.
Certainly, there were cheers and jeers around, but none of these hindered the tortoise from reaching the finish line before the hare. It could’ve trash-talked the hare before it got to the end, but it didn’t. As if the tortoise had blinders on, there was, indeed, nothing that could’ve distracted it from finishing the race.
Let’s give more credit to the tortoise by telling children why and how it won the race. The Tortoise and the Hare may be just a fable or a children’s story to us, but to the little ones, it can be so much more if we tell them about the five reasons behind the victory.