Monday, 17 August 2015

The Fisherman & The Businessman

Shanti Kate 78 Blog Spot

The Fisherman & The Businessman ...

One day a business man was on holiday in Brazil sitting on the beach. As he sat, he saw a fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught a few big fish.
The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”
The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”
“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.
“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.
The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”
The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”
The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman. “I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village and to Sao Paulo, where you can set up HQ to manage your other branches.”
The fisherman continues, “And after that?”
The businessman laughs heartily, “After that, you can live like a king in your own house, and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich.”
The fisherman asks, “And after that?”
The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!”
The fisherman looked puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”

There is so much pressure to be successful that the "why" can be over looked. A month ago I wrote my ideal earnings and what this could bring into my life.

Today I reviewed what I had written and realised 80% of what I desire is already in my life or possible for me to experience without the ideal earnings, which reminded me of this story.

Comments are welcome below.

Shanti Kate 78

Transformational Coach
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  1. Hi Kate,
    An inspiring story that provokes a strong reaction in many - I like the sense of completeness and of being enough that it offers - although others I talk to about it say it is a sign of laziness and complacency.
    I'm saying it is about recognizing we are enough, and that what we think is so far out of reach is right there in front of us if only we know how to look.

  2. Hi Bren,

    Thanks for your reflections.

    I have been enjoying a summer as a human being rather than a human doing, with my coach I have been looking at balanced living and my beliefs around work = suffering = a living.

    I believe if a person is aligned to THEIR truth, in flow and happy with what they are experiencing in life, whether it is having one fishing boat or a fleet, then great.

    Everyone is unique with their own model of the world, the centre perspective of their universe, not one person has had the same experiences as another, so much contrast it's no wonder there are so many conflicting opinions with all this amazing and life giving contrast.

    Best Wishes