The turtle and the rabbit


I was in class, bored to death cause the lecturer was lecturing like someone reading from a book. I logged into my Xender and a video came in. Was lucky enough cause I got kicked out seconds later from the other end of the wireless transfer.

The video was so captivating that I have to watch it five times in two minutes. It might look like a kiddish story but believe me, that’s the reality of life.

                    Episode I

ONCE upon a time, a turtle and a rabbit had an argument about who was faster. They decided to settle the argument with a race. The turtle and rabbit both agreed on a route and started off the race.

The rabbit shot ahead and ran briskly for some time. Then seeing that he was far ahead of the turtle, he thought he’d sit under a tree for some time and relax before continuing the race. He sat under the tree and soon fell asleep.

The turtle, plodding on overtook him and soon finished the race, emerging as the undisputed champion.

The rabbit woke up and realised that he had lost the race.

           Moral of the story

“That slow and steady wins the race”

This is the version of the story that we’ve all grown up with, BUT our version of the story continues.

                      Episode II

The rabbit was disappointed at losing the race and he did some thinking. He realised that he’d lost the race only because he had been overconfident, careless and lax. If he had not taken things for granted, there’s no way the turtle could have beaten him.

So he challenged the turtle to another race. The turtle agreed. This time around, the rabbit went all out and ran without stopping from start to finish. He won by several miles.

           Moral of the story

“Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady”

Is good to be slow and steady, but is better to be fast and reliable.

But the story still hasn’t ended.

                     Episode III

The turtle did some thinking this time and he realised that there’s no way he can beat the rabbit in a race the way it was currently formatted. He though for a while and then challenged the rabbit to another race, but on a slightly different route. The rabbit agreed.

The turtle and rabbit started off. In keeping with his self-made commitment to be consistently fast, the rabbit took off and ran at top speed until he came to a broad river. The finishing line was a couple of kilometers on the other side of the river. The rabbit sat there wondering what to do.

In the meantime, the turtle trundled along, got into the river, swam to the opposite bank, continued walking and finished the race.

         The moral of the story

“First identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core competency”

The story still hasn’t ended.

                    Episode IV

The turtle and rabbit, by this time had become pretty good friends and they did some thinking together. Both realised that the last race could have been run much better. So the turtle and rabbit decided to do the last race again, but to run as a team this time.

They started off, and this time, the rabbit carried the turtle till the riverbank. There, the turtle took over and swam across with the rabbit in his back.

On the opposite bank, the rabbit again carried the turtle and they reached the finish line together.

Both the turtle and rabbit felt a greater sense of satisfaction than they had felt earlier.

          The moral of the story

“Its good to be individually brilliant and to have a strong core competencies, but unless you are able to work in a team and harness each other’s core competencies, you will always perform below par because there will always be situations at which you will do poorly and someone else does well”

TEAMWORK is mainly about situational leadership, letting the person with the relevant core competency for a situation take leadership.


That’s quite an interesting moral story. There are thousands moral lessons to grab which only you can discover.

I will really love to know other moral lessons that I might have missed. Use the comment box dearie.

8 thoughts on “The turtle and the rabbit

  1. Thanks purple. Is an old story but a lot was missing. For example, people believes that the slow and steady always win the race. But what of the fast and consistent? Thanks for coming around. I really appreciate your comment.


    1. Thanks MOL for your positive comment. The story made a path that can be trend upon by people who wants to end up successful. l love the path that talks about Team work most, two heads are better than one and i have tried to implement that. Looking forward to seeing you more often 😃.


  2. This extention actually knocked the initial story off!..
    While the slow/steady individual might rely on “opportunities to victory” in some cases, the fast and consistent ofcos, bank on determination. Both works great but I would rather be fast and consistent.. That pays off, really.

    Great one, Henry.

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