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  • A boat docked in a Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish & 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 & those of his family.
    The American asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

    “I eat a good breakfast, fish a little, play with my children, take the siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, play the guitar, & sing a few songs… I have a full life.”

    The American interjected, “I've got an MBA from Harvard, & I can help you! 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.”

    “After that?” asked the Mexican.

    “With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one & a third one & 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 & 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 enterprise.”

    “How long would that take?” asked the Mexican.

    “Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the American.

    “After that?”

    “Well that’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the American, smiling. “When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks & make millions!”

    “Millions? Really? And after that?” inquired 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 the siesta with your wife & spend your evenings doing what you like and enjoying your friends.”

    ” With all due respect sir, that’s exactly what I am doing now."


    (I have borrowed the idea from an old joke. Dreams have no nationality or language. No flag or border. A heritage for all humanity, dreams have been bequeathed to us since the beginning of time.) (Photo is from the town of Aguascalientes, Mexico)
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