I wanted to post this well known story because it has a very important message about freedom, happiness and the true meaning of wealth. A lot of people are chasing money in the belief that it will bring freedom when freedom is already ours, we just don’t realize it.
A tourist was on the beach of a Mexican village when a small boat with fisherman landed.
In the small boat were a few tuna. The tourist asked how long it took to catch them.
The Mexican replied, “Only a short time this morning.”
The tourist then asked, “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?”
The Mexican said, “This catch is more than enough to support my family.”
The tourist 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 siestas with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I drink and chat with my amigos, I have a full and happy life.”
The tourist laughed, ” I can help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the extra money buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy more boats. You could have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your fish to a middleman you would sell directly. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You could leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then abroad where you could run your big company.”
The fisherman asked, “How long will this all take?”
The tourist replied, “Fifteen or 20 years.”
“What then?” asked the Mexican.
The tourist replied, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would sell your business and become rich, you could make millions.”
“Millions?” The fisherman exclaimed “…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 siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could drink and chat with your amigos.” ….
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