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The Tortoise and The Hare

Posted Nov 17 2008 11:50pm

This fable about The Tortoise and The Hare is filled with pot shots against people with ADD. The Hare has several common ADD characteristics including losing focus, moving at a fast pace, sleeping issues, and poor time management. The Tortoise is the conformist, "slow, plodding, and focused on the goal". In the end the steady Tortoise wins the race because the faster Hare lost his focus and went to sleep. Stories like this help to discourage ADD adults, and in some small way it encourages failure.

The Hare was so upset that he lost the race to the Tortoise that he challenged him to a race the next week. The Hare was intensely focused on beating the Tortoise so he decided to get some help with this race. The Hare made sure that the race was scheduled later in the day so that he would not be tired and could be better focused. The Hare also made sure that he had friends through out the race to remind him what direction he needed to go and to make sure he completed the race. On race day The Hare out ran the Tortoise and won the race very easily, after the Tortoise crossed the finish line The Hare asked The Tortoise why he didn't just stop after knowing he lost the race. The Tortoise replied that his goal wasn't to win the race it was to cross the finish line.

What are the morals of this story:

Even if you lose a race because you fell asleep, you can always prepare to win the next race.

Sometimes our abilities aren't enough to win the race, we need to learn from and/or get help from others to help us win.

Having a good strategy will give you an advantage in order to compete in any race.

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