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Forum topic by Eric_S posted 08-13-2010 01:26 PM 1331 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2010 01:26 PM

This is just a great story with a moral, if you haven’t heard it already.

How Much is Enough?

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 yellow-fin 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.”

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN


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#1 posted 08-13-2010 02:49 PM

An excellent story. Thank you.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 08-13-2010 02:49 PM

Great story… now all I need is a fishing boat and a Mexican village…

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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#3 posted 08-13-2010 03:43 PM

I’ve seen this before, but it was worth another read. It is so true!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 08-13-2010 03:48 PM

I’ve seen it in Jimmy Johns sub shop and I read it everytime I go as a reminder that money isn’t everything.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#5 posted 08-13-2010 04:18 PM

you forgot to mention that that Mexican tries to pass the border all the day long though :-)...
(sorry :-))

-- Antonio

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#6 posted 08-13-2010 04:28 PM

Ugh, lets not turn this into a political discussion, that wasn’t the point.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 08-13-2010 04:37 PM

no, no, Eric! there was no political intention!!!
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Simply we should not think that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Anyway maybe it’s OT, I agree with you, sorry.

-- Antonio

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#8 posted 08-13-2010 04:48 PM

With everything that is going on in the US lately, I took it as a politically motivated statement. Your explanation though clears it up so no worries.

I did have a coworker who always said to me, “the grass may be greener on the other side, but its just as difficult to mow.”

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#9 posted 08-13-2010 05:00 PM

Good one !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 08-13-2010 05:07 PM

yes, I agree. The funny thing is we have exactly the same saying (l’erba del vicino è sempre la più verde).
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So now, a different prospective: in Italy we are waiting for the end of this crisis, as thirsty people for the water of a well. Since we cannot cope with it by ourselves, we are waiting for the growing of the two most important motors of our global economy: USA and Germany. That Harvard MBA may look nasty or neurotic or at risk of heart stroke, BUT it’s thanks to him, too, that – maybe – we’ll quit the crisis.

-- Antonio

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#11 posted 08-13-2010 05:17 PM

That’s an interesting perspective antonio. It’s also thanks to him that we’re in this situation lol. Anyways, I’m trying to avoid the political side of this so I’m going to stop.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#12 posted 08-13-2010 05:24 PM

ok, I’ll do the same, sorry, but it’s strange you see so many political implications :-D

-- Antonio

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#13 posted 08-13-2010 05:32 PM

Anytime you mention current affairs in these forums, it sparks fire in these threads it seems so I was just trying to avoid that here as it wasn’t the purpose. In america that stuff is very much the focus currently :(
Anyways…. :)

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#14 posted 08-13-2010 05:42 PM

ah! well, I must admit I have always felt an instinctive sympathy for the trolls, since the very beginning of the internet era. There are people who cannot help quarreling, as stupid bulls: a troll makes it evident.
I for one am able to discuss without quarreling, but maybe I am the Mexican of your story, who knows :-)...

-- Antonio

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#15 posted 08-13-2010 05:53 PM

Heated discussions are great, I enjoy them. I’d be glad to in private, but on the internet in public it turns into something much worse, or at least thats my experience with it. I try to avoid those threads.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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