This videos is just a twist on the Mexican Fisherman story below.
The Mexican Fisherman
The American investment banker 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 you stay out longer
and catch more fish?"
The Mexican said, "With this I have more than enough to support my family's 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."
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 Los Angeles and eventually New York where you will run your ever-expanding enterprise."
The Mexican fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?"
To which the American replied, "15 to 20 years."
"But what then?" asked the Mexican.
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."
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."
Hi Andy. Great post. I loved it. I giggled till my sides hurt. I totally agree with you and the Mexican fisherman. I am glad you are having a good time in Thailand. I will be winging my way westward to Manila right before Christmas.
It is an art that few master. Finding out what really makes one happy. I am so very fortunate that I am starting to have a glimmer of what makes me happy. I think that the Mexican fisherman and I could become amigos. I wish with all my heart that I could have met you in Thailand. But alas not to be this time. Maybe I will see you in the Philippines again.
Though I had to actually work for a living I did not attempt to go the route of becoming
wealthy by following the gold brick road. I was fortunate enough to retire early at 52 and
spend time with my kids and amigos (many who still kept trying to become wealthy so
they could retire early and never did).
My attitude to not try to make oodles of bucks did cost me a couple of wives but today
I am retired, enjoy travel and other pleasures without owing anyone money and both exes
are still working for a living.
I had my problems at times but I always remembered 2 things that made life worth while
for me, other than my kids, old Chinese proverb:
"I always burn my bridges behind me
therefore I always advance" and "The sweetest revenge is to live well."
I now live reasonably well, am healthy at 75 and do as I please and can still
take afternoon siestas with my new, younger wife as we listen to the singing of
many birds and neighing of horses in the meadow under clear skies with no smog.