Slow And Steady Wins The Race Short Essay
The proverb ‘slow and steady wins the race’ is best exemplified in the familiar story of the tortoise and the hare. The slow but determined tortoise defeated the fast but unthoughtful hare. Thus, anything done in a hurry cannot have a solid, deep and firm foundation.
Studying day and night, just prior to examination does not yield as good results as regular studying throughout the year. An intelligent student who studies with carelessness, due to over-confidence, may or may not be successful, whereas a mediocre student with consistent and persistent labour is sure to meet with success. The work done calmly and steadily with a balanced mind often lasts longer and proves fruitful than that done by working against the clock. While working in a hurry, one is bound to overlook minor but important details and, thus, the outcome is neither perfect nor errorless.
This applies to others aspects of life as well. All great men who rose to upper echelon of power and prominence worked consistently and steadfastly. No one was born great. These men achieved greatness with lifelong struggle. They did not stop their struggle in the face of adversity. Similarly, all great nations achieved their rank of super-power after long hard struggle. It is said that Rome was not built in a day. It takes time to achieve something great. Greatness requires hard work, determination and steadfastness. One should not get disappointed after meeting some early failures. On the contrary, over-confidence is also fatal. Too much self belief makes one lazy and casual and one starts to take things as granted. This is actually what happened with hare. He had so much belief in his ability that lured him into sleeping and ultimately losing a race from tortoise. Thus, the key to success lies in the consistent regular hard work. Working overnight would not produce any significant result.