Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Mexican Fisherman (メキシコの漁師)

This is an interesting and inspirational story, one that will perhaps make one think about what is important in life.

The Mexican Fisherman / メキシコの漁師

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!
アメリカ人は口を出した。「 ハーバードの経営学修士がある。手伝えるよ」

"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. 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, and spend your evenings drinking with your friends!"



At 8:28 AM, Anonymous KSBworks said...

Hello Peter.
My name is Akira. Handle Name is "KSBworks".
It's nice to meet you.
I'm here by way of MIXI, and found this interesting story.
It imply a very very important suggestion in human's life.
What's important to live really a happy life? What is a true wealth?
I remember that I wrote an essay similar to this story 5 or 6 years ago. But it's in Japanese.


At 7:46 PM, Blogger harperkaoru said...

Hi, I saw your post in Mixi and thought I'd check your Mexican story out. So American, it was a laugh!


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