I got one of those email forwards this morning, and for a change, it made a lot of sense. Or, at least, it made a lot of sense for me, personally. And I know it will for a lot of people I know. Including you, G.
So, the story is that once a boat docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village. A tourist got off the boat, and complimented the local fishermen on the quality of the fish they caught, and asked them how long it took them to catch all that fish.
“Not very long”, the fishermen answered in unison.
“Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch some more then?”, the tourist asked.
The fishermen explained to him that the fish they caught was enough to meet their needs and those of their families.
Unable to understand, the tourist asked, “But, what do you 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 to the village and meet our friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar and sing a few songs. We have a full life…”
The tourist interrupted them, and said, “I have an MBA from Harvard, and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day, and you can sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat!”
The fishermen looked at him with confusion writ on their faces. “And after that?”, they asked.
“With the extra money that the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one, and a third one even, and so on until you have a fleet of trawlers! Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, 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, or Los Angeles, or even New York City! And you can direct your huge new enterprise from right there!”
“How long would that take?”
“Twenty, maybe twenty-five years", replied the tourist.
“And, after that?”
“After that? Well, my friend, now that is where it really gets interesting!”, laughed the tourist. “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 drinking and enjoying yourself with your friends.”
“With all due respect, Sir – but that’s exactly what we are doing now! So, what the point in wasting twenty-five years?!”, asked the Mexicans.
The moral of this story? That if you know where you’re going in life, you may already be there!
Isn’t that just such a wonderful thought? I, for one, really need keep that in mind. The recent absence from the blog too was partly, along with some other reasons, because of me running. Constantly. Behind something. And everything. And lots of things.
I’m back, though, now. And hopefully, here to stay. 🙂