Keeping Perspective...

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An investment banker was taking a few days off near a small coastal Mexican village, where he came upon a fisherman............

The banker complimented the fisherman on his catch, and was astonished to learn that it didn't take long for the fisherman to complete his daily work. The banker then asked the fisherman what he did for the rest of his day.

"I sleep late", the fisherman replied, "fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, stroll around the village with my friends, sip some wine, play a little guitar. I keep myself occupied, senor."

The investment banker scoffed. "I have an MBA from Harvard," he proudly exclaimed. What you need to do is spend more time fishing. With the extra proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from that boat, buy a few more. Then, instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would be able to sell direct to a processor. You'll be so successful that you could end up running your empire from New York."

"But senor," the fisherman asked, "how long will all that take."

"15 - 20 years," came the reply.

"And then what, senor ?"

The investment banker laughed. "Then, my friend, you'd do an IPO, sell stock in your company, and make millions."

"Millions, senor. Then what ?."

"Then", said the banker, "you'd retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village. You'd sleep in late, fish a little, play with your children, take a siesta with your wife, stroll around the village with your friends, sip some wine, play a little guitar."

Comments (14)

May 23, 2006

And we're all still here.

May 23, 2006

..i'm barely still here.

Jun 5, 2006

always here

  •  Aug 16, 2006

well thats just bollocks. Who on earth would do all that crap if they just made millions? hell, I wouldnt go to a fishing village...

Sep 4, 2006

I want to buy an underwater Fortress, a white fluffy cat, and a harem in my quest to take over the world...Now if I can only stop double-oh agents

Sep 7, 2006

the fisherman has it right

Sep 7, 2006

!

Oct 21, 2006

just a bunch of money grubbin miserable folks

Oct 21, 2006

the mentality differs based on where you are from, U.S. is like the only country in the world where everyone is out to get the most $$

everywhere else people work 30 hour work weeks, and enjoy their life

Oct 31, 2006

The fisherman dies, or gets ill and can't work anymore. What happens to his family?
The sea gets fished out, the fisherman has to find new work, but he has no qualifications, nor do his children because he couldn't afford to send them to school.

Oct 31, 2006
gunboatdiplomat:

The fisherman dies, or gets ill and can't work anymore. What happens to his family?
The sea gets fished out, the fisherman has to find new work, but he has no qualifications, nor do his children because he couldn't afford to send them to school.

right because there are no other minimum wage jobs that they can take.

May 8, 2012

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May 10, 2012

Why in the world did someone post "." on a six year old thread? This is a horrible parable sent in e-mail forwards between working class folks. If it makes you feel better for a day about not achieving certain goals, then I guess that's great, but the logic behind it is relentlessly stupid.

To see an example, just read this: http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-reasons-money-can-bu...
Trading in your youth for money is a fool's errand, but so is refusing to put any effort into your future and living a life of poverty and worry. Like everything, there is a balance.

May 10, 2012
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