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The Fisherman

A successful executive, who graduated from Harvard with an MBA, was feeling very stressed from the daily grind of running his company. He decided to get away for a few days and headed to Mexico on vacation. One morning, while out jogging the beach, he noticed a Mexican fisherman with a beautiful string of fish.

“That’s a fine catch you have there,” said the successful businessman. “How long did it take you to catch them?”

“About 30 minutes” was the fisherman’s reply.
 “Why did you stop?” asked the businessman.
 “I have all I need for my family for the day.” said the fisherman.
 “If you don’t mind sir, tell me a little about your day.” the Harvard grad said to the fisherman.
 “Well, I sleep late, have a cup of coffee with my wife, go fishing for about 30 minutes, come home for lunch, take a little siesta in the afternoon, play with my kids in the evening, and at night I gather my friends around the fire and we sing songs and tell stories”.
 “Awesome!” exclaimed the businessman. “That means you have plenty of time to build an incredibly profitable company!”
 “What do you mean?” asked the fisherman.
 “Well, with all of that extra time you could greatly increase the number of fish you are catching every day.”
 “Then what?” asked the fisherman.
 “You could then sell the extra fish and buy you a bigger and better boat!”
 “Then what?” asked the fisherman.
 “A bigger and better boat would allow you to double or triple the number of fish you are catching!”
 “Then what?” asked the fisherman.
 “With the proceeds from the sale of the extra fish, you could eventually own a fleet of boats!”
 “Then what?” asked the fisherman.
 “You could build your company up and move it to Mexico City or even New York!”
 “Then what?” asked the fisherman.
 “We could take it public and you would be an instant millionaire!”
 “Then what?” asked the fisherman.
 “Then what?!?!” exclaimed the businessman. “Then you could retire and do whatever you want to do. What would you do if you could retire?”
 “I would sleep late, have a cup of coffee with my wife, go fishing for about 30 minutes, come home for lunch, take a little siesta in the afternoon, play with my kids in the evening, and at night I gather my friends around the fire and we sing songs and tell stories”.
 
 

The moral of the story:

  1. 1) Be content
  2. Give serious thought to what your retirement looks like
  3. Don’t be so focused on the destination that you forget to enjoy the journey


 

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