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American businessman misses point of life, hilarity ensues

Geoff Livingston

Geoff Livingston

An American businessman was standing at the pier of a small coastal village in Mexico. Just then, a skiff docked with one fisherman inside. His boat contained several large yellowfin tuna.

The American complimented the fisherman’s catch and asked how long it took to reel them in. “Only a little while,” the fisherman replied. The American then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish. The fisherman said he had enough to support his family’s needs.

“What do you do with the rest of your time?” the American pressed. 

“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, stroll the village each evening, sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos,” the fisherman replied. “I live a full 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. From there you would employ a crew, get bigger, and one day buy a fleet. Instead of selling your catch to middlemen, you would sell directly to the processor and then open your own cannery. To further expand, you would move to a large port city and eventually control the entire operation—product, processing, and distribution.”

“How long will this all take?” the fisherman asked.

“Fifteen to 20 years.”

“Then what?” the fisherman inquired.

With a laugh, the American said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right, you would sell your company stock and become very rich. You would make millions!”

“Millions!? Then what?”

The American answered knowingly, “You would retire, move to a small coastal village, sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll the village each evening, sip wine, and play guitar with your amigos.” (author unknown)

Next month: I’ll be sending a stat-filled original entitled, “Overwhelmed but working less, more leisure but still busy.” Thanks for reading.—Blake Snow