Monday, September 6, 2010

The Mexican Fisherman

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

"Not very long," said the fisherman.

"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 to the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play guitar and sing 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 bigger boat will bring, you can buy more boats until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling fish to the middle man, you can go directly to the processing plant and maybe even own your own plant. Then, you can leave this little village and direct your enterprise from Mexico City or even New York City!

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

"Twenty, maybe 25 years." replied the American.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards?  Then 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, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends!"


  1. LOVE the moral of this story!!!! sounds like someone knew what he was doing in the first place... I am stopping by from FMBT and am your newest follower

  2. love your blog! i'm your newest follower :)


  3. Thank you for your come by my blog. Love the story. Something to think about.

  4. Haha I love this story!

    I'm a new follower from WW.

  5. Hi there! I found you on Welcome Wednesday's blog hop! Great blog and can't wait to read more!


  6. Thanks for joining our blog hop over at Sassy Sites! There are some amazing blogs out there, and you are definetly one of them! I'm a follower of yours too! Happy Friday! xoxo

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  7. LOVE this! thanks, i needed that!

    i'm now your newest follower, stopping by from weekend blog hop!

  8. Stopping by for the Weekend Blog Hop. I am now your newest follower! How do you make that cool signature?!

  9. Haha, I love this story! Thanks for sharing.

    Stopping by from New Friend Friday. Happy Friday!

    Lu of just Lu :)

  10. It's Friday and I found you! From your newest follower from the SoCal way :)

  11. Great story!

    And thanks for stopping by and following Sew Super Sweet! I am your newest follower!

  12. Great story and even better moral! Ahhh...the simple life. I'm taking Coletta's Fall Fitness Challenge, too...just thought I'd stop over and say hi! I'm following your blog it!

  13. Stopped in from the Weekend Blog Hop.
    Just wanted to say hello and hope your weekend is nice :)

    Nana Poppins

  14. I love it!! Just Love It!!

    Glad I stopped by from the Weekend Blog Hop

    I have 3 blogs

  15. Love the story! New follower thanks to Graphic Design by Tara's Weekend Blog Hop!
    Stop by Bizee Mama's Beauty Secrets and say Hi...

    aka Bizee Mama

  16. I've heard this story before. Its a good one. It makes you think about how we all long for those simple, less complicated lives just happy with our families, and if we really made millions would we be happier. I like this story.

    Thanks for commenting on my post and following. :) New follower as well.

    Heather from Mommy Only Has Two Hands!

  17. Great Blog you got there.. I came from Relax and Surf Sunday and following you via GFC now. Would love a follow back at Happy Sunday Melanie

  18. Hi ~ I hope that you'll join us at the Done With Dawdlin' link up. I thought I'd give you a quick tutorial about links, it's very easy. I hope you don't mind. If you're not interested, just disregard this entire comment. :0)

    First, create your post here and publish as usual. Somewhere in your post, send your readers to the Done With Dawdlin' post at my blog. To do this, highlight the words that you want linked, click on the LINK button at the top of your post editor, and then insert this url:

    That's the link for this week, make sure you get the appropriate link each week.

    Then, come over to the Done with Dawdlin' post and scroll to the bottom, under Colletta's link up thumbnail, and click on "Click here to enter". A separate window will pop up on your screen. Next to "Link it to", insert the url to your post (not to your blog's main page). For example, Colletta's link goes to:


    Then, next to Caption or Title, type in what you want your thumbnail to say. Colletta's says "Colletta's Kitchen Sink".

    Then, simply push "From Web" for your thumbnail picture. A bunch of pictures will come up that you have previously posted on your blog. Just click on which one you want to make your thumbnail. Your cherries would be perfect. It will take you to an editor where you can crop the picture to be just how you want it. Then, just click OK and you're done!

    I hope this helps. I know it seems complicated and long, but it just takes a lot of words to say it. :0) Once you do it the first time, you'll see how easy it is. And, there's a chance that I went into way too much detail and you already knew how to do most of this. If so, sorry! Maybe it will help someone... :0)

    I can't wait to read your post!


  19. Awesome blog!
    So glad I found you through the hop :-)
    I'm your latest GFC follower!
    You can reach me at:


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