There is a similar saying that ‘an inefficient dancer blames the stage’. We can do anything successfully provided we have a determination to do it. Success depends on the will of a person, not on the external circumstances. An efficient workman can use his ability to do a job well even though his tools are defective. It is not the tools, but man that does the job. Only, an inefficient man will blame his tools or give lame excuses for his inability. This is true not only in the case of a workman but also in the case of other people. There are men who try to conceal their inefficiency by finding fault with others. Such habits should not be encouraged.
“Look before you leap” is a maxim which holds good in every sphere of life. It means that we should ponder over its pros and cons before doing any work. We may come to grief, if we act thoughtlessly. The story of a foolish goat and cunning fox teaches us the same lesson. The foolish goat should have thought twice before leaping into the well. The wise jackal saved his life when he saw the foot prints of a lion going into the cave. His thinking before hand stood him in a good stead and he ran away. A student should think twice before choosing his subjects. We should not be hasty in choosing our friends of profession. A wise man plans his future well. We should not take wrong steps in haste; rather we should think before we speak and look before we leap.
God is great, He has blessed us with the power of speech. But it rests with us whether we use our tongue with restraint or not. They say “if speech is silver, silence is gold.” We should therefore, use our tongue carefully. To be a good speaker is a great virtue. A good talker is well – versed in using the correct words in saying the right thing at the right moment. To be a good listener is also a great quality. A talkative person who is in the habit of speaking too much often exposes himself. If we remain silent, nobody can read our mind. Silence conceals most of our weaknesses. So we should observe as much silence as we can.
The story of a hare and a tortoise, in one of Aesop’s fables, teaches us the moral “slow and steady wins the race.” It means that regular and constant work pays in the long run. It is an admitted fact that men who work steadily and have patience produce greater results than those who work by fits and starts. A person who makes haste is liable to commit mistakes, but a patient worker guards himself against pitfalls. A student who does not work regularly and steadily cuts a sorry figure in the ex-animation, however brilliant he might be. On the other hand, a less intelligent student who devotes a fixed time to learn everyday makes wonders. So a person who works with perseverance and steadfastness carries the day.