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A Modern Parable of the Fisherman and the Banker

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by DKR, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

    An American investment banker was taking a much-needed vacation in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. The boat had several large, fresh fish in it.

    The investment banker was impressed by the quality of the fish and asked the Mexican how long it took to catch them.

    The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.”

    The banker then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish?

    The Mexican fisherman replied 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 replied, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, 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 investment banker scoffed, “I am an Ivy League MBA, and I could help you. You could spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats until eventually you would have a whole fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to the middleman you could sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You could control the product, processing and distribution.”

    Then he added, “Of course, you would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City where you would run your growing enterprise.”

    The Mexican fisherman asked, “But señor, 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 could make millions.”

    “Millions, señor? Then what?”

    To which the investment banker replied, “Then you would retire. You could 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 amigos.”

    How many people spend their lives chasing something they already have?
  2. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

    From an storyteller in India..

    The old man and his sons
    Once there lived an old farmer in a village. His three sons were lazy. The farmer was hardworking and active but his sons never worked. They wasted their time being idle. They did not like to work hard. As the time wore on, the old man got weaker and weaker. One day, the old man was dying. He told his sons that he had hidden his treasures in the fields. He also added that if they found the treasures, they could have enough wealth to live on without working. The farmer died before he told them where the treasures had been hidden. Then the sons decided to dig the field. They looked into every part and corner of the field. They could not find anything. They became sad. But they planted the crops in the field. After the harvest, they could collect more crops. They realized that their hard labor was the treasure. They learn the lesson "labor is always productive." Thus the cleaver farmer made his sons work hard and taught them to live a happy life.
    Moral: Hard labor leads you to success.

    Clearly, there are no Democrats in India
    The Gov't would have seized the land for back taxes and told the lazy sons they could keep collecting their Welfare/food stamps/free cheese, etc, etc, etc.
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