The Fisherman & MBA

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village.

A tourist complimented the local fishermen on the quality of their fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.
“Not very long.” they answered in unison. “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more”

The fishermen explained that their small catches were sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families.
“But what do you do with the rest of your time”
“We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children,and take siestas with our wives. In the evenings, we go into the village to see our friends, have fun, play with each other, and enjoy a lot. We have a full life.”

The tourist 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”
“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”
“Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years.” replied the tourist.
“And after that”

“Afterwards Well my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting, ” answered the tourist, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!”
“Millions Really And after that” asked the fishermen.

“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 playing and enjoying with your friends.”

“With all due respect sir, but that’s exactly what we are doing now. So what’s the point wasting twenty-five years” asked the Mexicans.

And the moral of this story is:

Know where you’re going in life. You may already be there!!

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11 Responses to The Fisherman & MBA

  1. ADEGOKE WAHAB July 4, 2013 at 4:09 PM #

    sara! more to the story is that the more the wealth , the less the pleasure as well as longetivity

  2. Sade m May 31, 2013 at 6:26 PM #

    Nice one sarah,more grease to ur elbow

  3. Selvam February 12, 2013 at 6:31 PM #

    To earn more money not only for us and not for food alone. To face unexpected problems in our life,our beloved lives. Earn more with proper enjoyment and health conscious.

  4. Syed A K December 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM #

    Satisfaction on what you have is the best of all wealth……….Good moral…………Thnx

  5. ZUBAIR December 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM #

    Great Story with Great Moral!
    As long as you are able to do what you can do after 25 years, why all these botherations and worries!

  6. Sabbi December 15, 2012 at 4:54 PM #

    Nice… Definitely, end is same but I will suggest that we should thrive ourselves to become someone that we are not… 🙂

  7. Abdul Nasir March 7, 2011 at 5:15 PM #

    excellent. no more words to describe

  8. Anas March 7, 2011 at 12:50 PM #

    but maybe the new wife and childs deffer at the the second case

  9. Ajmal Akhtar March 7, 2011 at 9:22 AM #

    The life resemble to the life in a wordly heaven if lived with the philosophy of the fisherman. i really liked itand enjoyed-thanks

  10. Abier March 7, 2011 at 7:55 AM #

    really like it 😀

    • ema January 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM #