A billionaire was once asked by a motivational speaker, “What is the secret to your success?” as the billionaire was prepared to reply, the motivational speaker instantly became excited and was prepared along with his pen and paper to listen to what this billionaire had accredited his successful life to.
When the billionaire spoke, the motivational speaker was initially confused at the response of the billionaire. The billionaire said, “There’s a book I love and read to my grandkids every night. You may have heard of it, it is called “The Tortoise and the Hare”.
Think of the successes you’ve had in your own life, did all of them come easy? Sure, all of us have natural talents and abilities in some areas, but none of us for example, are born with the competency of tying our own shoes. But all are born with the capacity to learn and gain this skill. All talents, skills, and abilities must first be taught to us either through others or through our own personal experiences. So it is with business and success.
They also must not neglect the second half of this moral, the importance of steadiness. Yes, start slow, start tiny, but even be consistent. Beginning tiny and slow is easy, but it is the consistency that is difficult. Like all things in life, the most difficult tasks bring about the greatest rewards. Michael Jordan did not become the world’s greatest basketball player by shooting a basketball once or twice, but through consistent efforts over several years.