Success is the best destination but not all people are able to reach there. In current situation, we want to solve every problem very quickly. Hence, we do everything in stress, hurry and even use shortcuts, which may end up in failure. We tend to forget that success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. Winston Churchill once said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going”. One has to keep on moving, planning next actions and acting on them with confidence and persistence. It is not necessary that one has to be intelligent, or speedy in order to succeed. A person who walks towards the right path slowly but steadily, wins the race. Success comes to those who are steady even though they may be slow. It was a meticulous planning of Chanakya who was insulted by Magadh king Dhanananda. To take revenge, he slowly and steadily entered the Dhanananda kingdom to uproot him and his entire establishment.
One of the greatest advantages of being slow and steady is that one learns the things in a much better way than one who observes the things in a hurry. If we are going through any process steadily and closely, then we can understand the situation deeply. It gives more time to plan and act strategically. This helps to deal the problem in a far better way than the one who does all the work in a hurry and always misses fine details of any process. Persistent learning always increases your ability to handle situations. It was, Pandavas’ 12 years of endurance in forest and one year work incognito to make themselves prepare to fight against Kaurvas.
“Procrastination is the thief of time.” So being slow in what we do is a smart way of doing things rightly, rather than delay the work as we wish and waste time. Success is a reachable target if we are determined and work towards it regularly. Even a person with average talent can achieve success through persistent efforts. Nobody is born champion. Champions practise hour after hour, day after day, repetition after repetition until they reach their destination. It does not matter if you are slow. What matters the most, is how much you learn and improve upon it. Someone rightly said, “If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” You have to be with strong mind and don’t get shattered with your failures and others’ success, but should focus on constant improvement.
According to Bill Bradley, “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” An average person quits after he is rewarded for his short-term efforts because he lacks perseverance. A successful person requires positive energy for consistent work. A consistent action is better than no action. Therefore, you should not be complacent at instant gratification and understand that complete success is a long-term effort. It must be clearly understood that if success were so simple and easy to achieve, then everybody would have been successful today.
To sum up, I would like to say that there is no alternate to hard work, dedication and determination. If you do things in a hurry, take shortcuts etc., there is always a chance to miss the train to success. Slow and steady approach is the key to win any race. The story of victory of slow tortoise over fast rabbit is the motivation for all of us.