A boat docked in a tiny Irish fishing village.
An American tourist complimented the local fishermen on the
quality of their fish and asked how long it took him to catch
"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
relax with our wives. In the evenings, we go into the village to
see our friends, have a few drinks, play the fiddle 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 Dublin, London
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? Really? And after that?" asked the fishermen.
"After that you'll be able to retire, live 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?" they asked.
And the moral of this story is:
Know where you're going in life... you may already be there...