The Fisherman vs the Business Person. Who is alive!

A stressed businessperson took a short vacation to a small Mexican coastal village. Unable to sleep he walked the pier.

A small boat with just one fisherman had docked and inside the boat were several large tuna. "How long did it take you to catch them?" he asked.
"Only a little while" the Mexican replied.
"Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?" he asked.
"I have enough to support my family and give a few to friends," the Mexican said as he unloaded them into a basket.
"But …. What do you do with the rest of your time?". The Mexican looked up and smiled "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife and stroll into the village, where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos".

The Businessperson laughed "Sir I am a Harvard MBA and can help you. You should fish more, and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. In no time you could have several boats with the increase haul. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Then instead of selling your catch to the middleman, you could sell directly to the consumers. You could control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal village and move to New York to run your expanding empire".

The Mexican fisherman asked "But, senor, how long will all this take?"
"15- 20 years, 25 tops" said the businessperson.
"But what then senor?"
The businessperson 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, senor? Then what?".
"Then you could retire and move to a small coastal fishing village, where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play guitar with your amigos…"

My lessons are

  1. Never lose sight of what it truly important to you, your business or career is designed to support your life. If you do not master it, it will master you!
  2. Is your business or career heading in the right direction in regards to your life purpose?

About Tony Gattari, Achievers Group

The author is founder and Chief Energy Officer of Achievers group. He is a much in demand passionate professional speaker, business educator, author and corporate, business advisor. He has worked with over 140 businesses around the world.

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