Sunday, August 06, 2006

The Mexican Fisherman
>
> A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village.
>An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the
>quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.
>
>"Not very long," answered the Mexican.
>
>"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?"
>asked the American.
>
>The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his
>needs and those of his family.
>
>The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
>
>"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta
>with
>my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have
>a
>few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs . I have a full life."
>
>The American 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?" asked the Mexican.
>
>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?" asked the Mexican.
>
>"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.
>
>"And after that?"
>
>"Afterwards? Well my Friend, That's when it gets really interesting,"
>answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really
>big, you can start selling sto cks and make millions!"
>
>"Millions? Really? And after that?" said the Mexican.
>
>"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 your friends."
>
>And the moral is:
>Know where you're going in life... you may already be there.

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