‘A full life…’

This is just another story…

A small fishing boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. A passing American businessman on vacation complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and enquired as to how long it took the fisherman to catch them.

“Not very long,” answered the fisherman.

“If that was the case, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the
businessman.

The fisherman explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
The businessman asked what the fisherman did with the rest of his time.

“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta
with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar and sing a few songs…I have a full life.”

The businessman interrupted,

“I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you. You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City. From your city base you can direct your huge enterprise.”

“How long would that take?” asked the fisherman.

“Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the businessman.

“And after that?”

“Afterwards? That’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the businessman, laughing.  “When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions of dollars”

“Millions? Really? And after that?”

“After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take siestas with your wife.  In the evenings, you can go into the village to see your friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs.  You would have a full life.”

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