Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Rabbit vs Turtle

There are two important characteristics in life: Patience and speed. It’s important to realize that patience isn’t the same thing as being slow. It’s a mindset thing, not a factor of how fast you are moving.

Jack Ma of Alibaba said in this 2000 Forbes interview, “One must run as fast as a rabbit, but be as patient as a turtle.” Interestingly, Jack Ma picks the good attributes of each animal: The speed of the rabbit but not the impatience and cockiness. And the patience of the tortoise but not the slow speed.

While one may be baffling on how that patient mindset co-exists in a world that moves so quickly, it is interesting to learn more about how these two traits manifest themselves in our daily lives.

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