The Fisherman & The Businessman
A Classic Brazilian Story as shared by Paulo Coelho
There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village.
He saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore
having caught quite a few big fish.
The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, "How long does it take you to catch so many fish?"
The fisherman replied, "Oh, just a short while."
"Then why don't you stay longer at sea and catch even more?", the business man asked, astonished.
"This is enough to feed my whole family", the fisherman said.
The businessman then asked, "So what do you do for the rest of the day?"
The fisherman replied, "Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea, catch a few fish,
then go back and play with my kids.
In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife. And, when evening comes,
I join my buddies in the village for a drink. We play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night."
The business man offered a suggestion to the fisherman.
"I have a PhD in business management. I could help you to become a more successful person.
From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible.
When you have saved enough money, you can buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish.
Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company,
your own production plant for canned food, and a distribution network.
By then, you will have moved out of this village to Sao Paulo,
where you can set up a HQ to manage your other branches.”.
When the timing is right,
you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange. You will be rich."
The fisherman asks... "And then, after that?"...
The businessman says, "After that, you can finally retire, move to a house by the fishing village,
wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with the kids,
and have a nice afternoon nap with your wife.
When evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink- play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!"
The fisherman puzzled...asked "Isn't that what I am doing now?"....