Why do you want to be rich?

Today, I created a list of books that changed my life. I read far more non-fiction than anything else because I love learning from real people and case studies. Before I share the list, please see a free trial offer from Audible Plus: (Di loves long-distance drives now!)

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But there is one story that has stuck with me and it is readily searchable on the Internet. I have never been able to trace the origins so my apologies for the unintentional plagiarism. If someone can please enlighten me, I will attribute the proper credit. Please feel free to share your candid reactions with me and thank you for your attention as always!

Here goes The Story of The Mexican Fisherman:

An American businessman was standing 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.

“How long did it take you to catch them?” the American asked.

“Only a little while,” the Mexican replied.

“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” the American then asked.

“I have enough to support my family’s immediate needs,” the Mexican said.

“But,” the American then asked, “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 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 and busy life, señor.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and, with the proceeds, you could buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, and eventually, you would have a fleet of fishing boats.”

“Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the consumers, eventually opening your own can factory. 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 señor, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then, señor?”

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, señor? Then what?!”

The American said slowly, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos…”

Remember the movie Office Space? "What would you do with $1 million?" The first person said, "I'd go fishing." The second person replied, "I'd have a threesome." Moral of the story: you don't need $1 million to go fishing or have a threesome. That movie scene changed my life! Chase what others cannot have and money cannot buy (time, health, etc...)


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