Sunday, March 9, 2014

Is working hard for a living a requirement for a happy life?

The story goes like this:

    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 it took 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, senor.”

    The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds you buy a bigger boat, and 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 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 senor, how long will this all take?”

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

    “But what then, senor?”

    The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO (Initial Public Offering) and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

    “Millions, senor? 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…”

Note: This story has many versions.

What do you think?


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  3. Building a life based not on materialism is hard and getting harder. The fisherman is fishing a little but in today world men still have to work a whole stresfully day to satisfy the basic needs. You have to choice: work all day for small money or learn, gain experience and work all day for bigger money.

    1. Yes, sadly many people work a lot and are paid very little, while others work very little and are paid a lot.

      ex. A worker in Foxconn (makes iPhones) is paid a few dollars a day, while a PR bimbo is paid billions.

      ex.Nike workers are paid 1 dollar a day. The fag Tiger Woods is paid billions by Nike to hit a stupid ball and fuck pornstars.

    2. Do you consider Golfer as athletes? Some top earners do not appear to be in shape. They present a flabby appearance. One who does a commercial for an arthritis commercial is an example.His first name is Phil.

    3. You can be an athlete and fat at the same time, but I consider golfers mentally challenged rich men.

    4. Good answer. I also cannot understand the popularity of golf. The spectators could spend time better watching paint dry.

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  7. I think this story is bullshit. Someone who is pushed to work hard has more goals than find a calm place where to rest with his family the whole life.
    Personally I'd rather work hard and have everything I wanted for my whole life and make my family happy.
    And currently, I don't think that mexican fishers are as happy as you might think, people generally only see the bad things of what they are living and not the good ones, it's the opposite when we think about others.

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