Monday 4/1/13

Monday 4/1/13

What are you working towards?

I found this story a long time ago and it popped back up on my radar on Friday, and I thought that it might be a good time to post about it.  Anyway, here it is:

An 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.”


We really tend to make things harder than they really are.  I think that if we really look at the things that we have and the things that we actually use, there’s a lot of “stuff” that we can do without.  After moving back to San Jose from Vegas, I had to really get rid of a lot of “stuff”.  And that’s all I realized what it was, just… stuff.  Things I don’t need, use or really want.  Why did I have all that?  Because societal norms tell us, “You need all this crap to be happy!  BUY BUY BUY!!!”.    But, do we?  What do we really need to be happy?  Having some time to think about those things, I decided that I may not have a lot right now but the little stuff that I do have, goes a long, long way.  Family supporting me.  Good friends that know me and care.  My clients to motivate me.  Working out.  It’s really put into perspective the things that I really need, and the things that I don’t.  What about you?  Take some time to really think about things.  Do you really need “stuff” or can you be happy with enough?  Post thoughts to comments.


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15 Body Rows
200m Sprints

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Wow!!! That hit home…thank you! Couldn’t agree more. We truly don’t realize how blessed we are with the simple yet most important things in our lives until we have very little material things or very little money to buy the stuff we think we want, need or what we think will make us happy. Then if we get that stuff, we are never satisfied because we’re always wanting more. We tend to put too much importance and value on all the stuff that is actually insignificant. We need to find happiness within ourselves and in the little things in life that should really be considered the biggest because they hold the most value.

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