The Fisherman


    The American businessman 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 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 LA and eventually NYC where you will run your
    expanding enterprise."

    The Mexican fisherman asked, "But senor, how long will this
    all take?" To which the American replied, "15-20 years."

    "But what then, senor?" 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, senor? 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 siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the
    evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with
    your amigos."