Twenty, perhaps 25 years

A friend of mine sent me the short story below that I felt that I had to share with you.

A boat docked in a tiny village. A tourist complimented a fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

“Not very long,” answered the fisherman.

“But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the

The fisherman explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his
needs and those of his family.

The tourist 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

The tourist: “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

“And after that?” asked the fisherman.

“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

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

“How long would that take?” asked the fisherman.

“Twenty, perhaps 25 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 selling stocks and make millions!”

“Millions? Really? And after that?” said the fisherman.

“After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the
coast, sleep late, play with your grandchildren, catch a few fish, take
a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings in the village having a
few drinks, playing the guitar, singing songs and enjoying your

Know where you’re going in life. You may already be there.

Where are you going in life? Are you there yet ? How longer will it take? Is it worth it?