The Mexican Fisherman
An American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican 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 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 so with the rest of your time? The Mexican Fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full busy life, Senor.
The American scoffed, “I have 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 boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman 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 LA and eventually New York City where you will run your expanding enterprise.
The Mexican Fisherman asked “But Senor, how long will this all take?’ To which the American replied, “15-20 years.” “But then what senor?” 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 would make millions.” “Millions Senor,then what?” The American said, “Then you could retire, move to a small coastal fishing village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your children, take siestas with your wife, stroll into the village each evening sipping wine and playing guitars with our amigos.