"Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
An American Businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Costa Rican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large Yellowfin tuna.
The American complimented the Costa Rican Tico fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it had taken him to catch them.
The fisherman replied, “Only a little while”. The American then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish. The Tico said that 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 Tico fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, and stroll into the village each evening, where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.”
The American scoffed. “I am a Wall Street executive, and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat and Web presence. A scalable go-forward plan would provide capital for several new boats. Eventually you 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 San Jose, Costa Rica, then to Los Angeles, eventually to New York City, where you would outsource tasks to third party clients to help run your expanding enterprise in a vertical market.”
The Tico Fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”
The American Replied, “Fifteen to twenty years.”
“But what then?”
The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right, you will announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You will make millions.”
“Millions? Then what?”
The American said, “Then you will retire and move to small coastal fishing village, where you can sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings, where you will sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”