Soulful Voices

{November 17, 2006}   Happiness is not in Wealth

The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and  asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while

 The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish.  The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked, but 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 siesta with my wife, stroll into the  village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my  amigos, I have a full and busy life, senor.  The American scoffed, I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You  should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger  boat with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several  boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead  of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the  processor, eventually opening your own cannery. 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 New York where you will run your expanding  enterprise.  

The Mexican fisherman asked, But senor, how long will this all take? 

To which the American replied, 15-20 years.  

What then, senor? The American laughed and said that’s the best  part. Then 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, senor,

Then what asked the Fisherman?The American said, then, you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar.  

The fisherman asked the American, that’s what I am doing now without going through the effort for another 15 – 20 years. Why should I struggle to get the same which I am already having now in my life?  

The American had no answer for that!  

appiness lies not in material comforts or wealth. Happiness is within us and comes from being satisfied with what we achieved in life.


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