Something To Think About

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1 month ago I stumbled upon the book the 4 Hour Work Week. And that book has challenged my way of thinking in so many ways in the past few days … My views on work, life and success all changed. I just got to Chapter 14 and the first story was just like wow! 

THE STORY

6a00e5502a9507883301310f805d33970c-500wiAn American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.  Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna.  The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “only a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The American 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, 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 am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening 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 enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15 – 20 years.”

“But what then?” Asked the Mexican.

The American 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 – 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 sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

What are you waiting for?

 

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    • SpeakNoEvil on said:

      The moral of the story is that the fisherman is already doing what the business guy tells him he will be doing in the next 15-20 years. He is already living in a small coastal village, taking siestas with his wife, etc, so he doesn’t need to work his fingers to the bone for 15-20 years in order to come back to doing what he is already doing.

      Also, another moral is that contentment is the key to a happy life. The guy is already providing for his family’s immediate needs, so he doesn’t need more especially when it comes at the expense of his quality family time with his wife, children, and amigos.

  1. Sometimes all the good things we hope to do in future can be achieved now. But we go through life chasing mirages and shadows only to find out we have been wasting time all along. Nothing stops you from living the life you are postponing to the future now.

  2. I read the book 2 years ago “The 4-Hour work week. Escape 9-5, live anywhere and join the new rich.”…. Real stuff! It is a complete package for every one. Check out “The 4-Hour Chef” too… In short you should all of Tim Ferriss books.

    • Toonna on said:

      I completely concur with Sadiq. I highly recommend the 4 hour chef by Tim Ferriss, sounds like it’s a cooking book but it’s actually a book about art of learning. And you can, check out the Tim Ferriss Show podcast, perhaps the most informative podcasts on the net, period.

      Every daringly successful person in the world seems to be connected in one way or the other to Tim Ferriss, he has a HUGE fan base and connections, most especially in the investment world.

      • Ofili

        o really. I assumed the 4 hour chef would be about learning how to cook fast. I will definitely check it out once I am done reading the 4 HOUR work week.

        Thanks for the suggestions!

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