You’ve likely heard the story of the turtle and the rabbit racing each other. Although the rabbit is faster, he stops to look around in the middle of the race, and this lets the slower turtle win the race.
The moral of the story is that, in many settings, a steady and persistent approach outperforms a series of bursts and declines in effort.
Although I believe in the moral of the story, I didn’t believe that a turtle could actually win a race against a rabbit. It turns out that it can happen.