Posted by: zephaniah317 | June 29, 2007

…and after that?

In keeping with the “Capitalism/materialism is out of control in America theme”, here’s a story a friend of mine sent me this morning.  You may have already heard it…

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

“Not very long,” answered the Mexican.
“But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the
The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his
needs and those of his family.

The American 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,
play the guitar, and sing a few songs… I have a full life.”
The American 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?” asked the Mexican.
“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
“How long would that take?” asked the Mexican.
“Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the American.
“And after that?”
“Afterwards?  Well my Friend, That’s when it gets really interesting,”
answered the American, laughing.  “When your business gets really big,
you can start selling stocks and make millions!”
“Millions?  Really?  And after that?” said the Mexican.
“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 doing what you like and enjoying your friends.”

And the moral is:

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


  1. Nice, I am going to go and play guitar in my village now. 🙂

  2. This is a great little story… Now just to figue out which guy I am????

  3. This was a neat story….I think our family has the full life because we have alot of quality time together…..My husband works full time I work Per Diem ( a little less than part-time )….and we get by….we don’t take alot of vacations or have a huge house..or buy new cars…but what we have is a beautiful old EJ home..a pool..a car .. a truck…..and we have whats most important time with eachother…my job’s hours are flexible so I can go to morning program with my son….and field trips…we don’t have to pay a babysitter….I can attend bible study’s or meet a friend for a walk or volunteer to help a friend with cleaning or caring for her children while she attends an appointment….these things make my heart happy and make me smile..:)

  4. Beautiful Story! Thanks for sharing.

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