Quick but steady wins the race

The world knows of Aesop’s fables. One of its best and widely popular story talks about how a hare lost to a tortoise, with a moral saying : Slow and steady wins the race. Albeit this has been accepted for a way too long period of time, if we look closely, it wasn’t the “slow” walk of the tortoise that won him the race, but more of its “steadiness” that helped it achieve success. Had the hare been moving with the same pace along with being “steady”, may be we wouldn’t have this fable altogether. So, does being quick along with being steady does the trick?

The world today is all about competition. If we sleep, we loose. If we work slowly and steadily, we have chances of winning. But what if we are quick along with being steady? It is like icing on the cake. So we can say, the speed we always talk about is relative. We may think that the pace we are going with is very good, but somewhere someone is working with a better speed and a better efficiency. The word steady here can have different meanings. It can be efficient work, better implementation of plans, time-bound completion, stable and safe or being balanced throughout the process.

Let’s take different examples to understand better the cogency of the statement. 2 guys Mr. X and Mr. Y are preparing for the boards, 3 months prior. Now Mr. X starts slowly, but is steady in the initial days. He starts with 2 chapters in a week, which with the passage of time increases to 4 chapters a day, and the chapters keeps increasing for each week. On the other hand, Mr. Y, an enthusiast, started off with a vigor, completed 7 chapters in a week, lost the vigor in the 2nd week and couldn’t complete any, the third week he picked up but could complete only 2 chapters.

We we calculate the average :

Mr. X = (2+ 4+ 6) /3 =4 chapters a week.

Mr. Y = (7+0+2) /3 = 3 chapters a week.

Clearly, the chances of Mr. X completing the syllabus in a much better position is high, if the pattern continues. What’s the philosophy behind this? Albeit Mr. X was slow in the beginning, he didn’t realize with his consciousness that he was actually increasing his relative speed. Why on the other hand, Mr. Y, started off with full zest, but at the end of three weeks, was lacking due to his inconsistency.

What we see here is ,in this world with fierce competition, speed counts, but steadiness does too. 

While India got Independence, the 500+ princely states were left with 3 options : Join India, Pakistan or be an independent state. Needless to say, most of them wished for a sovereign state. Now, if Indian administration comprising of Nehru, Menon and Vallabh Bhai wouldn’t have been quick enough to hold talks with those independent princes, and if they weren’t active(steady) enough to keep their conditions in front of them, may br the Indian Map would have had a Pakistan in the heart of South India(then Hyderabad).

Moving on, when we think of business, the one thing that hits the youth is Start Up- a firm of its own. What makes a start up successful? It may happen that many people have the same idea for the start-up. But if they aren’t quick enough to get the idea patented, if they aren’t quick enough to get an angle investor to invest in their idea, the chances of the firm of their dreams because dimmer. But is being fast the only way ahead? What else is required? The whole process of getting the firm set-up, finding investor, getting patented and everything else sometimes becomes so hectic and cumbersome that some people give up. What is required is a more steady approach – The will to NEVER GIVE UP.

When the fight against corruption was started by Anna Hazare, the demand for the Jan Lokpal bill saw a huge pandemonium. People had started to quit their office works, and went on strikes, conducted marches and what not against the Government to bring in pass the LokPal Bill, giving greater transparency to the government functioning. Now, what started off with such an uproar and with lots of exuberance, lost its steadiness after a week or so. Why? People started to realize that albeit too quick to quit, they couldn’t make sure the people remained motivated for the fight against corruption. Maybe the outcome would have been different had the people not given up so early so soon.

India and China became independent much at the same time. According to reports, the condition of India and China was the same in terms of economy uptil 1980’s. But what was different about them, that they grew with a pace of 25% annually to become the fastest growing economy? India’s focus on the socialist principle pushed it to the debt cycle, not able to afford much to the growth of the Public Sector Units, and moreover, much of the amount which was spent for the human capital, went unutilised. Furthermore, the pace with which China bettered their ease of doing business, the amount they spent to increase human capital was far better than India.

The world is moving towards a better, safer and sustainable growth and development. For this, the United Nations came up with the Sustainable Development Goals. Now, while the goals have been majorly derived from Millennium Devlopment Goals which was a “previous birth” of the SDG’s, it(SDG) came into existence more because most of the goals of the MDG’s had a slow snail’s pace to be implemented. The same continues for the SDG’s as well. Wouldn’t a better pace with steady implementation plans transfigure the predicted outcome of the SDG’s?

A stitch in time saves nine. This is basically a synonym of the quote, showing how those moments of high efficiency needs to be capitalized upon.Slow and steady is not a physical attribute of the fable initially. Its the mental stability and patience that will do the trick for you. Steadiness has had a relationship with a calm and composed mind, along with the vigor to achieve,which comes with the determination to fight back. We need not be Mr. Y from the abstract above, but try to inculcate the habits of Mr. X. The more we do this, the better we can expect our results to be.


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  • Hi Nitish, my views:
    1)Hare and tortoise becoming too common now
    2)’If we sleep, we loose’-don’t make such sweeping statements
    3)I guess the mathematics was not required, breaks the flow and reduces the quality of content
    4)Good dimensions covered
    5)Flow and connectivity needs improvement
    6)Conclusion is fine but I think some new dimensions are being added
    Further, I want to ask you whether you wrote this one in haste or not in mood, your special touch is missing in this write-up. Avoid the mathematics. Some philo aspects can be included in each para so that it doesn’t remain filled with examples.
    You write better 🙂
    Have a look at mine too!

    • Yes, I wrote this in haste. I’ll try to improve! Yours is better, I have reviewed, Thanks bhai 🙂

  • Hi Serious, my views-
    See, this time we had many things similar in our essays.
    Even Palash’s essay & mine intro- had a common thing. If someone else had to read our essays then he would think we have written it after having a beforehand discussion 😛
    Coming to the essay- if I am getting it right, U have put forward a different perspective- that speed is relative & put emphasis on steadiness per se.
    China, India wala example kuch kuch clear nahi hua.
    Ending bhi thodi abrupt si lagi after SDG example.
    But flow was nice and this time u kept the language simple, too (y)
    Do let me know if i have understood ur stand exactly.

    • Hey Isha! Yaar kaise likha ye essay mai hi jaanta 😛

      U are right in your interpretation. But wo sirf ek para tak ka tha.

      China was quick and steady with reforms. india wasn’t. My bad!

      i’LL improve! 🙂

      • Samajh aa raha hai, it was done hastily. Because that special style was missing this time. Anyway, Kabhi kabhi nahi ho pata.
        So, continuing with the review- essay thoda short laga due to the missing analysis part. I would say, aisa tough topic nahi hai. U can think over it a bit and write very easily.
        Keep writing and inspiring 🙂

    • Exactly! keep ur spirits high. Cheers 🙂

    • aa gayi madam, welcome back 😛

  • Since you write about Lord Shiva from time to time ,so i assume you are a Shiv Bhakt .So, wishing you a happy Maha Shivratri . Har har Mahadev ..Bum Bum Bhole …
    Now coming back to your essay . I was looking yesterday for it but you didn’t post .Thought , you were probably busy studying something else and wouldn’t write or may be shayaad aap lin ho gaye honge Shiv Bhakti mein . :P. But you did today .Nice to see that.

    My review :
    1.You have written some lines that are very obscure and don’t seems to convey what exaclty you mean like “But what if we are quick along with being steady? It is like icing on the cake. So we can say, the speed we always talk about is relative.”You have added physics here ( relative speed) .
    2.By ‘icing on the cake ‘ ,what do you mean exactly ?Are you saying quickness is not important/needed .If one is steady,that all? .
    3.In the third para, you have added mathematics now .That makes your essay slightly strange .Such mathematical analysis in an essay is does not suit here .Like Batman said , it breaks the flow and is a little bit deviant too.
    4.Examples have not been cogently presented .Like start up wala …Perhaps it does not fit here aptly .You could replace that with better ones.
    5.The corruption (Jan Lok Pal) wala example is very apt .You nailed it by mentioning that .:)
    6.But India -China examples again has the same problem like the earlier ones i mentioned in 4th point .You said “much of the amount which was spent for the human capital, went unutilised”. I think ,it is not due to funds being un-utilised that became cause for under-development of human capital development but the inadequate funds allocation and lack of coherent policy with proper direction ,along with human capital recieving low priority from governments over decades that are reasons for the same.
    7. For conclusion , you can conclude in much better way than talking about Mr X and Mr Y.

    Overall, good but the touch in your essays , for which you are known to write ,adding apt and lucid examples, was missing today.

    For the first time , i have been so critical in my reviews on others answers .I am usually generous when i review others so that they feel motivated .So ,please forgive me for that .
    And mine is pretty bad .I didn’t write well yesterday .I was disappointed about myself when i finished my essay .But then ,i thought ” why so serious? Let’s put a smile on that face. I can do better next time .”:D . I think the topic was a little difficult .
    Keep writing brother !

    • Hey Batman! Bum Bhole!!

      1. Yaar relative speed philosophy pehle hai aur physics baad me. Like when you say “I am being quick”, it’s actually you being quicker than someone else (relative speed) because of which u conclude that you are quicker! There is a linguistic philosophy in this too! But I guess I couldn’t convey it! My bad and I accept it!

      2. Icing on cake means “steadiness is important, but being quick along with being steady would be much better!”

      3. My bad!

      4. Start up waala : Being quick enough to get your patents and capital, and “steady” enough to not give up in case of failures.

      6. I actually was trying to convey that only. Aaj language game me locha ho gaya mera lagta 😀

      Like I said, My bad! I’ll try and improve further! To be frank, didn’t write this one with my heart and soul! I’ll review yours! 🙂

      • I understand brother .You wrote it hastily.Otherwise , you would have written it like you do actually .You have already mastered the skill of good essay writing .So, writing a good essay for you is easy .You just need that usual passion and enthu .Tough it is for me whoa re still learning it from watching you guys writing it . 🙂
        Keep writing brother .