As we run the race through life we learn some valuable lessons. One of the most valuable is that you if you know your strengths and weaknesses you can find the best way to use them to achieve your goals. The one part of the equation to success that is sometimes omitted is the fact that the weaknesses that you have can keep you from achieving all that you desire. When you can learn the value of working together with others who have strengths in the areas of your weaknesses you will be able to accomplish more in less time.
Once upon a time a tortoise and a hare had an argument about who was faster. They decided to settle the argument with a race. The tortoise and hare both agreed on a route and began the race. The hare shot ahead and ran briskly for some time. Then seeing that he was far ahead of the tortoise, he thought he would stop for a while and rest before finishing the race. He sat under a tree and soon fell asleep. The tortoise plodding along, overtook him and soon finished the race, clearly winning the race. The hare woke up and realized that he had lost the race.
The moral of this story: Slow and steady wins the race
The story actually continues.
The hare was disappointed at losing the race and he did some soul-searching. He realized that he had 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 tortoise could have won. So he challenged the tortoise to another race. The tortoise agreed. This time, the hare ran without stopping from start to finish. He won by several miles.
The moral of this part of the story: It's good to be slow and steady; but speed and dependability wins.
There is more.
The tortoise did some thinking and realized that there was no way he can beat the hare in a race this way. He thought for a while, and then challenged the hare to another race, but on a slightly different route. The hare agreed. The tortoise and hare started off. In keeping with his self-made commitment to be consistently fast, the hare took off and ran at top speed until he came to a broad river. The finish line was a short distance on the other side of the river. The hare sat there wondering what to do. Meanwhile, the tortoise plodded along, got into the river, swam to the opposite bank, continued walking and finished the race.
The moral here: Identify your strengths and set the path to take advantage of them.
There is still more.
The tortoise and hare, by this time, had become pretty good friends and they did some thinking together both realizing that the last race could have been run much better. The tortoise and hare decided to do the last race again, but to run as a team this time. The hare carried the tortoise to the riverbank. There, the tortoise took over and swam across with the hare on his back. On the opposite bank, the hare again carried the tortoise and they reached the finish line together. Both the tortoise and hare felt a greater sense of satisfaction and finished much faster than they had before.
When you use your individual intelligence and strengths together with others who have strengths that you do not have you can achieve much more in less time. Take action on this and gain greater success. Together Everyone Achieves More. T.E.A.M.