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« : April 16, 2010, 12:38:02 PM From reena_soniya»

Know where you are going! you might already be there

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village.

A tourist complimented the local fishermen
on the quality of their fish and asked
how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long." they answered in unison.

"Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?"

The fishermen explained that their small catches were
sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families.

"But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children,
and take siestas with our wives.
In the evenings, we go into the village to see our friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs.

We have a full life."

The tourist 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."

"And after that?"

"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.
Instead of selling your fish to a middle man,
you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants
and maybe even open your own plant.

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 new enterprise. "

"How long would that take?"

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years." replied the tourist.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting, " answered the tourist, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!"  

"Millions?Thats too much for us? Well, after that?" asked the fishermen.

"After that you'll be able to retire,
live peacefully in a tiny village near the coast,
sleep late, play with your children,
catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife
and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."

"With all due respect sir, but that's exactly what we are doing now. So what's the point wasting twenty-five years ?" asked the Mexicans.

And the moral of this story is:

Know where you're going in life....
you may already be there!

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« #1 : April 16, 2010, 02:39:27 PM From A»

Real good story!
« #2 : May 01, 2010, 05:27:35 AM From Candide»

When you post a story, you really should credit the author. Since this version (unlike the original) takes place in Mexico, I guess you just don`t know who wrote this originally. Also, from what I remember of the original shortstory (written by Nobel prize winner Heinrich Boell), the changes haven`t done the story any good whatsoever. To check out how it can be done, read the original. Unfortunately, I don`t know the English title, and Boell has published many collections of shortstories. Still, a search through his shortstories should be worth it.
« #3 : May 01, 2010, 12:09:08 PM From Srihari»

Thanks for the comment Candide, This website is just a medium for all the forwarded mails from others, in article section there are many which gives due credit to the authors who have written it. Now that you have pointed out, viewers would know who the true author is.
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