Thursday, August 25, 2011

Story Time: The Fisherman

Here's a story I liked, just thought I would share it with everyone...

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village.  An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.  “Not very long,” answered the Mexican.  “But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American.  The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.  The American asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your 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 American 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.”  “And after that?” asked the Mexican.  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 middle man, you can then 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 there you can direct your huge new enterprise.”  “How long would that take?” asked the Mexican.  “Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the American.  “And after that?”  “Afterwards?  Well my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the American, laughing.  “When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!”  “Millions?  Really?  And after that?” said the Mexican.  “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 a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.”  And the moral is: Know where you’re going in life you may already be there.


  1. Beautiful story, he rounded back to the same square where he is now after doing everything that the MBA guy suggested.

    Nice read.

    Blasphemous Aesthete

  2. Omg this is awesome! I never saw it this way. It's a whole new perspective. Loved it :)

  3. This is insightful in ways more than one! :)

  4. This was amazing. Thanks for sharing. It's true, happiness can be so simple, if we ignore what we're told will make us happy.
    This also reminds me of something my grandparents told me, when I interviewed them about how to be married for 50 years. "Never have too much money"
    oh and she also said "Feed him, his stomach is the way to his heart" ;)

  5. Sounds like the story I've been told 13 years ago of a man who just laid down all day when a friend asked why he won't go out and try to do something in his life. In the end, his friend said: "After becoming rich and all, you can now relax." And he said: "Just like what I'm doing now?" :)

    Very very nice blog you have.

  6. Faith, o pescador apenas vivia seu dia.
    E precisa mais?
    Grande abraço. Lindos posts por aqui!!!

  7. .i love how the story goes... i can see it in two ways though... that u can go and do watever u want after hardwork, and knowing wat makes u satisfied in life... just that.satisfaction.

    thanks for the share...

  8. Had read this in a different form but still it was worth reading.
    Makes one stop and think about the rat race.
    (liked that slow number by John Mayer)