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Feb 13, 2005
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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 American.

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

"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 enterprise."

"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? 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.

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