The Parable of the Mexican Fisherman and the Banker

This story never gets old. I am not sure who wrote it and I love it! Goals are important and what those goals mean to you and the people around you is just as important. Today may be a good day to think about what you want and what it means to have it.

Here is the story.

fisherman.jpg uploadedAn American businessman 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 fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The fisherman replied that it only took a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish. The fisherman 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 fisherman said, “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, señor.”

The American scoffed. “I am a Wharton 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 L.A., and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

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

To which the American replied, “Fifteen or 20 years.”

“But what then?”

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 siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your friends.”

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At one point in my life I was as guilty as the business man on pier. Money is important, and so are other things.

I am a believer that less is more. What about you?

This parable was shared with me and possibly you can share it too.



Robert Paulson

Robert Paulson

Robert Paulson is an international executive coach specializing in leadership development.

The people he works with are executive leaders, high potentials and critically important individual contributors. They are great at what they do and the organizations they serve know it. His mission is to listen, understand and help others achieve more success. To help them have whatever it is they want to have and be happy. He is a sole practitioner who is associated with a vast network of professionals. Visit www.RobertPaulson.coach for addtional information.

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