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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Harvard Gringo

I have a close friend who spent some time in Hollywood and knew many of the stars on a personal basis. She told me that while she was among the stars, she did not find anyone who was happy.

Is the lifestyle of the rich and famous something you want? Does the simple life hold a treasure that only those willing to live it will discover? Is having sufficient for your needs enough?

Enjoy the story!

Harvard Gringo

“An American consultant was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin 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 do with the rest of your time?’

The Mexican fisherman said, ‘I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take 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 and busy life, senor.’

The American scoffed, ‘I am a Harvard graduate 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 NYC 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 what then, 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 would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.’

The Mexican fisherman just smiled.”

This life is short. Love grows warm or cold. Husbands and wives need each other’s attention. The children grow up fast. How do you want to spend the next 20 years?

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