Simple Life

An businessman was at a pier in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with a single fisherman docked.

Inside the small boat were several large yellow-fin tuna.

He 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 businessman asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish?

The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s simple life.

The visitor then asked the Mexican how he spent the rest of his 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, but simple life senor.”

The tourist 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 Los Angeles and eventually New York City where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

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

To which the businessman replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then, senor?” asked the Mexican.

The tourist 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.

“You’ll become very rich, you would make millions!”

“Millions, senor?” replied the fisherman, “And then what?”

The tycoon smugly replied replied, “Then you would retire to live a simple life.

“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.”