A good story

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Sep 3, 2000
An American businessman was at a pier in 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 Mexican 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 the
Mexican how he spent the rest of his 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, senor."

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 Los Angeles and eventually New York City where you will run your expanding enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But senor, how long will this all take?"

To which the American replied, "fifteen to twenty years."

"But what then, senor?" asked the fisherman.

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. You''ll become very rich, you would make millions!"

"Millions, senor?" replied the Mexican. "Then what?"

The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small
coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a
little, play with your grandchildren, take a siesta with
your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you
could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

~ Author Unknown ~


Jul 22, 2002
Thanks Oldminer.

We all have to stop and think - when/what is enough. AND...still have time to stop & smell the flowers.


Dec 31, 1999

Sierra Nevada

Sep 17, 2002
Good one, OldMiner.

So many of my friends and family are obssessed with getting ahead, making enough money to do and have everything. Many of them work 60+ hours a week and almost never have a free weekend. It so easy to forget that life is happening now and your time spent, with loved ones or doing the things you love to do, is the most valuable thing you will ever have.
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