Mexican fisherman

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  1. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

    "Not very long," answered the Mexican.

    "But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.

    The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

    The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

    "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs...I have a full life."

    The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge enterprise."

    "How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.

    "Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.

    "And after that?"

    "Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!"

    "Millions? Really? And after that?"

    "After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends!"
     
  2. santino

    santino TPF Noob!

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    great story, and I think it's true :shock:
     
  3. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Yup, the mexican fisherman has it made right now.
     
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    molested_cow No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Shame on us.....
     
  5. mentos_007

    mentos_007 The Freshmaker!

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    great story :)
     
  6. Karalee

    Karalee hOtLiPs!

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    :lmao: talk about round in circles
     
  7. Luminosity

    Luminosity No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    And this story is spot on ! ;) :thumbsup:

    I like that ! :goodvibe:
     
  8. aggiezach

    aggiezach Yup...

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    very nice yo. It makes you realize how trivial lots of things are...

    Man it has been a rough day
     
  9. Alison

    Alison Swiss Army Friend Supporting Member

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    Nice wake up call!
     
  10. Varthlokkur

    Varthlokkur TPF Noob!

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    yep, thats my philosophy.
     
  11. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Excellent point! Carpe Diem all the way, baby!
     

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