Monday, April 22, 2013

NEED AND GREED


This one makes so much sense...




A boat docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village. 

A tourist complimented the local fishermen 
on the quality of their fish and asked 
how long it took him to catch them. 


"Not very long." they answered in unison. 

"Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" 

The fishermen explained that their small catches were 
sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families. 

"But what do you do with the rest of your time?" 
"We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children, 
and take siestas with our wives. 
In the evenings, we go into the village to see our friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. 

We have a full life." 

The tourist 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?" 
"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?" 
  

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years." replied the tourist. 
  

"And after that?" 
  

"Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting, " answered the tourist, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!"     

"Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the fishermen. 

"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 drinking and enjoying your friends."   

"With all due respect sir, but that's exactly what we are doing now. So what's the point wasting twenty-five years?" asked the Mexicans.


 
And the moral of this story is: 

Know where you're going in 

life....   


you may already be there 

16 comments:

sulagna ™ said...

:) true uncle jack..sometimes we are chasing so many numbers and desires that we ignore what we have

Rià said...

Oh yes...i remember having read this a long time ago. :) Hope you are doing well uncle jack.

BROKEN STAR (bck agn) said...

hiiiii jack sirrrrrrrrrrrr...............i started blogging in 2010 .....i wasnt interested too much in blogging but sharing views alwys excited me........I was reffered here by a common blogger..........nd now i m back to the blog world nd u knw all my followers have left blogging (as all the blogs are atleast two years old ) but u r alwys alive on blogspot......koi toh hai :))).......very nice post ....mba's nd mnc's hav ruined the happy life of average ppl.....! thnks...!

BROKEN STAR (bck agn) said...

all the best for ur speedy recovery

rama said...

Very correct. I am so glad that you are back to blogging regularly.

Arooj said...

hmmm..... that's the gist of the true life

Nikita Banerjee Bhagat said...

Very true. Good post, thanks for sharing :)

P.S: How you been?

Amrita said...

really awesome!!!!!

♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫ said...

A happy and content life. How lovely :)
And here, people go about spending their whole life by just planning.
Great post :)

Jyoti Mishra said...

true..
sometimes we keep on struggling only to realize too late that all this was for no good :P

Alka Gurha said...

Hope all is well. Wish you health and happiness. And happy Blogging.

Jack said...

SULAGNA :

You have summed it up so aptly. Take care


RIA :

I am as fine as I could be under circumstances. Take care


BROKEN STAR :

I am so glad to see you back. I will visit you soon. Thanks for your wishes. Take care


RAMA :

Thanks for appreciating. I am as fine as I could be. Take care

Jack said...

AROOJ :

Thanks for your support. Take care


NIKITA :

Thanks for such supportive views. Take care


AMRITA :

That is why I wrote it here for you all. Take care

Jack said...

PHILO :

That is what we humans do not understand and carry on chasing what we may already have. Take care


JYOTI :

One needs to know what one wants and if one feels one already has it, then where is the need to be in rat race? Take care


ALKA :

Thanks for you kind wishes. Hope to be here regularly now. Take care

Amrita Tanmay said...

कहानी तो बहुत कुछ कह रही है बस बार-बार समझने और अपने-आप में सोचने की आवश्यकता है . साथ ही खुद से पूछने की भी कि हम आखिर कहाँ जा रहे हैं ?

Jack said...

AMRITA :

AAPNE BILKUL SAHI KAHAA. Take care