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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mexican fisherman story


I took this off the Internet... you can easily find it by googling "Mexican fisherman story".

Years and years ago (even before FB even existed and we still used email for chain letters)...  what seems like when I was really young and tought I had life all figured out I came across this story... I loved it so much that I printed it and posted on my cubicle wall in my high paying job... it triggered something and it made me see that, in the end, maybe I tought I had figured it all out.. but I figured it all out WRONG!!!

I was working hard at something that was stressing me out, but paying me a quite decent amount of money, with a generous pension plan, figuring out that if I could stick to it until I was 55 I would then be happy!  And I could live the dream life of the rich and famous... I was, at the time not even 30!!!

It stayed there for 5 years...  and I kept on working and reading it every now and then...  I didn't know what to do with it... I wanted to be like that fisherman but had no clue how I can do this...

Well, that was 2002... and we are now 2016... and I can say that I finally became that fisherman...

It was not easy... but so well worth it...

I hope that story will trigger something in you as well...

An 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 yellowfin 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, “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 siestas 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 New York City, 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?” Asked the Mexican.
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?”
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 kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”
Be who you are... DREAM your life... LIVE your dream...

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