This is still a great story. I like to read it every once in a while, especially when work seems to be all that we do. ( I altered the ending that you may be used to. I think its better this way)
The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The fisherman replied, only a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?” The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.” The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.” The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?” To which the American replied, “15-20 years.” “But what then?” The American laughed and said that’s the best part. “When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.” ”Millions.. Then what?” Said the fisherman. Then the American said, “Then you could do whatever you want.” The Mexican fisherman replied,” You mean like live in a small fishing village, sleep late, fish a little, play with my kids, take siesta with my wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where I could sip wine and play guitar with my amigos.”
Sean Evangelista is the owner of Magoozle LLC software development. He is currently developing a world class iPad App for Public Speakers. He lives on the East Coast with his family and 2 dogs.