Few weeks ago, I came across this fantastic story about a fisher man and a Investment Banker.
This is the story that states about the "Be More with Less" principle of life. We are so inclined with the materialistic world today, that we forget the importance of what we have. We work harder and harder to make more & more, so that we can buy more, to have more, like being in a rat race just to have more. I too was no exception to that, atleast before knowing this story. This story makes you realise how important is to live the real life ...... (my Investment banker friends, do read this ) .......
So, the story is - An American Investment Banker was at the pier of small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked in. Inside the small boat there were several large yellow fin tuna fishes. Impressed by the catch of the fisherman, the American Investment banker complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The Mexican replied," Only a little while". The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer in the sea and catch more fish? The Mexican 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 Mexican fisherman replied, " I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a nap in afternoon, stroll into the village each evening where I sip Wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy Life."
On hearing this the American 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 boats, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to middlemen 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 to LA and eventually to New York, where you will run your expanding enterprise"
The Mexican fisherman asked, " But, 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 became very rich, you would make millions !!"
Fisherman said," 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 an afternoon nap, stroll to the village in the evening where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."
This story is smiply superb, it brings clarity to what the money game is all about & definitely not about. This story brillantly breaks the illusions of ours for pursuing wealth and financial freedom. We have so forgotten to all the goodness we're surrounded by today just in race to chase the money.
The truth is it doesn't take lot of money to have a truly wealthy life, but it does take freedom. Believe it or not values do determine your path in life, regardless of your financial goals. Having clarity around issues like these develops you as an better financially sound person - at both times, while building wealth and after wealth is achieved.