“Slow and steady wins the race” reads the well-known phrase from childhood.
The Tortoise and the Hare has taken on new significance as the state of the world allows everything to happen instantly. In the current climate slow equals death. Slow to act? You lose the client. Slow to pivot? The cash dries up. It’s time to rephrase this saying to be more useful.
As one person I follow, Gary Vaynerchuck is eager to tell you that he is moving quickly, acting fast. But he is also a major proponent of patience. Having the awareness to do what is most valuable for the long term, instead of pursuing short-term gains. Appreciating the work and the pursuit as a part of the process.
In The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy discusses the benefits of habits and being consistent. To be steady is to be consistent. The hare ran quickly ahead, while the tortoise remained consistent every step of the way. Whether it be fitness, professional accomplishments, or social reach, maintaining a consistent presence and drive will produce a greater outcome than intermittent bursts of passion.
Show up every day to do what you do and seek the joy of never getting dissatisfied with it. Patience and consistency win the race.