I straight-up copied this from a friend’s facebook post…I love the life lesson in this::
A boat was docked in a tiny Newfoundland fishing village.
A tourist from Toronto complimented the Newfie fisherman on the quality of his fish
and asked how long it took him to catch them.
“Not very long,” answered the Newfie.
“But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the Torontonian.
The Newfie explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those
of his family.
The Torontonian asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take an afternoon nap with my
wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play
the guitar, and sing a few songs … I have a full life.”
The Torontonian interrupted, “I have an MBA from Queen’s University 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 Newfie.
“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 St John’s,
Halifax, or even Toronto! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.”
“How long would that take?” asked the Newfie.
“Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the Torontonian.
“And after that?”
“Afterwards? Well my Friend, That’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the
Torontonian, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can start selling
stocks and make millions!”
“Millions? Really? And after that?” said the Newfie.
“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 an afternoon nap with your wife and spend
your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.”
And the moral is:
Know where you’re going in life… You may already be there.