#029: Don't Confuse Movement With Progress

A tale as old as time.

You’ve definitely heard it in one way or another in your lifetime.

You’ve probably even heard of the mythical Greek man known as Aesop who is credited with the original story.

Today’s edition of Inside The Minds reminds you to be sure to do “the work” steadily instead of carelessly.

“The work” is completely subjective to whatever you are working on in your own life right now.

Today we’re talking about the Tortoise and The Hare.

Here’s the main idea: Careful and calculated steps can often lead to big wins (no matter the odds) so long as you stay consistent.

To be great at anything requires an unwavering confidence. No matter how much raw and natural talent you have…

... A cocky and lazy attitude will often lead to embarrassing failure. 

Below is the original story of the Tortoise and The Hare, one of Aesop’s Fables:

A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow.

"Do you ever get anywhere?" he asked with a mocking laugh.

"Yes," replied the Tortoise, "and I get there sooner than you think. I'll run you a race and prove it."

The Hare was much amused at the idea of running a race with the Tortoise, but for the fun of the thing he agreed. So the Fox, who had consented to act as judge, marked the distance and started the runners off.

The Hare was soon far out of sight, and to make the Tortoise feel very deeply how ridiculous it was for him to try a race with a Hare, he lay down beside the course to take a nap until the Tortoise should catch up.

The Tortoise meanwhile kept going slowly but steadily, and, after a time, passed the place where the Hare was sleeping. But the Hare slept on very peacefully; and when at last he did wake up, the Tortoise was near the goal. 

The Hare now ran his swiftest, but he could not overtake the Tortoise in time.

Hare 1.

Tortoise 0.

Which character have you been playing lately in your life? 

Both have their advantages and disadvantages, like anything else.

This is where Gary Vee’s “macro patience, micro speed” idea comes into play.

You gotta…

… be quick but not in a hurry. 

You can’t confuse movement with progress or speed with precision.

They’re different, often misunderstood, and all required.

You just gotta be sure you know when you’re doing which one.