Advice for the fisherman

There was once a businessman who was vacationing on the beach of a small Central American fishing village.

While tanning on the beach, he noticed a lone fisherman in a small boat approaching the shore with his morning's catch.

"Excuse me. How long does it take you to catch those fish?" the businessman asked.

"Not that long," replied the fisherman. "Maybe a two or three hours."

"Then why not stay a little longer and double your catch?"

"I just needed enough for my family," replied the fisherman, pointing to his quaint little house at the far end of the beach.

"How do you usually spend the rest of the day?"

The fisherman replied, "Well, after fishing, I usually play with my kids for a couple of hours. This afternoon, I'll take a nap with my lovely wife, and later tonight, I'll meet my friends to play guitar and dance."

The savvy businessman offered some unsolicited advice to the fisherman.

"I could help you to become more successful. Have you considered spending more time fishing so that you can save and buy a bigger boat, and possibly catch more fish?

"Then, over time, you can sell your fish, and save up to buy two or three boats, create a fishing company, and hire other fishermen to work for you.

"Then, you can start a canning distribution network for the fish they catch?"

The fisherman pondered the businessman's suggestion and thoughtfully asked, "What would happen after that?"

The businessman smiled at the naivety of the fisherman, and continued: "After that, you can live like a king perhaps in a bigger city, and eventually you'll cash in your chips by selling your international fishing company, and you'll retire a rich man."

The fisherman repeated his previous question, "...and what about after that?"

"Well after that, you can get a quaint little home right on a beach somewhere, go leisurely fishing in the mornings, then play with your kids, and maybe catch a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and later in the evening, you can join your buddies for a drink, and play your guitar!"

The fisherman looked puzzled.

Light Watkins