How highly do you value experience?

There is a story about a hare and a tortoise. They challenge each other to a race. The hare has one particularly excellent quality – speed. Even so, will it be enough?  However, the tortoise lacks that quality he is, in fact, rather clumsy and slow by nature. Even so, he accepts the challenge.
Who do you think will win?

The tortoise wins the race:
• he identifies opportunities along the way (small short-cuts)
• he keeps spending under control (controlled energy consumption)
• he has experience (contact with the real world)
• he plans ahead, estimates how long it will take him to reach the finishing line.

The hare loses the race:
o His over-confidence distracts him from the goal
o He ignores his adversary because of his own skill and speed
o He doesn’t plan ahead and gets lost trying to find the right path He progresses by trial and error
o He gets to the finishing line but slowly and not without difficulty

Only those who are capable of converting their knowledge and past experience into practical results achieve their goals and obtain success in all their endeavours.

Laura Alcaraz Escribano
Development Dep. Recursos Humanos ACCIONA S.A.