The Right Attitude?

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Posted by Bill on December 26, 2000 at 12:23:33:

An American investment banker was at the pier of a coastal village in Mexico when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the boat were several large yellow-fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of the fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied "Only a little while, Seņor."

The American asked why he didn't stay out longer and catch more fish.

The fisherman replied that he had enough to support his family's needs.

The American then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

The Mexican fisherman replied, "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'm a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing, sell your fish, and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. Then with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats, so instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you would sell directly to the processor, and 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 Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding empire."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But Seņor, how long will all this take?"

"Fifteen to twenty years, the American replied."

"And what will I do then?"

The American smiled and said "That's the best part. When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company's stock to the public and become very rich . . . . You would make millions."

"Yes, and then what?"

The American said, "Then you would retire. You could move anywhere, maybe to a small coastal town where you could sleep late, fish just a little, play with your grandchildren, take siestas with your wife, perhaps in the evenings stroll into town and sip wine or play guitar with your amigos."

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