I love this story! The story is told of a businessman who was getting off of a cruise ship at the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Seeing several large fish inside the small boat, the businessman complimented the fisherman on the quality of his catch and asked how long it took to catch them. “Oh, just a little while”, the fisherman replied.
A little surprised, the young business man asked, “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” The content fisherman said, “This is enough to feed me and my family and take care of our immediate needs. I really don’t need any more.” “But what do you do with the rest of your time when you are not fishing?” asked the confused young man. “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a walk with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I have dinner with friends and play guitar with my buddies; I have a full and busy life.”
The lad scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could really help you out. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds from the extra fish buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat and all of the extra fish that you bring in, you could buy several boats and hire other people t help you fish, and eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, and could eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution! You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to New York City where you will run your expanding, growing and profitable enterprise.”
The fisherman asked, “How long will this all take?” to which the young man replied, “15-20 years.” “But what then?” The business man 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, sir? Then what?”
“Then you would retire, move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a walk with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could eat dinner with friends and play your guitar with your buddies.”
Makes you think doesn’t it!