The lesson of the tortoise

I am sure that many, if not all of you, have read the children’s book The Tortoise and The Hare. If you have not read the book, it is the story of a rabbit challenging a tortoise to a race. Well, we all know that rabbits are very fast and that turtles are slow. The race does not seem fair. We all feel that if tortoise accepts the hare’s challenge, he will undoubtedly lose.

The tortoise does accept the hare’s challenge and the race is on. The hare takes off leaving our poor turtle in the dust. The tortoise takes off well walks off following after the hare. As the race goes on, the hare is way ahead of the tortoise. In fact, the hare figures, since he is way in the lead there’s no way a slow-poke like the tortoise will ever catch him. The hare, in his smugness feels assured of an easy victory, decides to take a nap. Well, the tortoise keeps on steadily plodding along, while the hare continues his nap.

Our tortoise eventually comes upon the sleeping hare. He, wisely, does not wake the hare, but keeps his eyes focused on the finish line. Spoiler alert: The tortoise reaches and crosses the finish line before the hare awakes. When the hare awakens, he cannot believe that a slow tortoise has beaten him to the finish line.

The lesson that we take away is in fact Proverbs 21:5 – ”Steady plodding brings prosperity; hasty speculation brings poverty.” You see we need to be like the tortoise and plod along slowly and wisely. We don’t want to get involved in any get rich quick schemes. We must save slowly and steadily. We can achieve financial success by investing slowly and wisely. So the tortoise had it right all along, don’t rush, take it slow and you’ll achieve success.

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