Simone tells me this story from time to time and I absolutely love it. It always refreshes my mind and makes me remember the simple things in life.
I have no idea where this story originated from – do you?
A businessman worked his entire life. He saved, saved, saved. Finally, he was able to retire.
He took a trip to a tropical island where he could relax and enjoy.
While on the trip, he was sitting on the beach when he saw a fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish.
The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”
The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”
The businessman was amazed and asked, “Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?”
“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.
The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”
The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I go into the village for a drink — my family and friends play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”
The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman. “I have my MBA and I can help you. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village to a major city where you can set up your company and open other branches.”
The fisherman continues, “And after that?”
The businessman laughed, “After that, you can make a ton of money and take your company public in the Stock Exchange and you will be rich.”
The fisherman asks, “And after that?”
The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can go into the village for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!”
The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”
Keep Things Simple
This story has many amazing messages. The one that I appreciate most is to keep things simple. We can all live on a lot less than we think we can. And maybe even be happier with less than with more.