American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Jamaican
village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside
the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented
the Jamaican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took
to catch them. The Jamaican replied only a little while. The American
then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish?
Jamaican said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs.
The American then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your
time? The Jamaican fisherman said, "Me sleep late, fish a likkle,
play wid me pickney, mek love wid me wife, tek a stroll ina de village
each evening where me drink rum and play domino wid me bredren.
Me have a full and busy life, sah."
American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should
spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat.
With the income from the bigger boat you could buy several boats.
Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats and instead of
selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the
processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control
the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave
this small coastal fishing village and move to Kingston, then LA
and eventually New York City where you will run your expanding enterprise."
Jamaican fisherman asked, "But sah, how long will all dis tek?"
American replied, "15-20 years."
wha' next me a' do, sah?"
American laughed, smiled, and said "that's the best part. When the
time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock
to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."
sah? Den wha'?" asked the Jamaican.
made the American pause........ then he humbly replied....................
"Then you would retire, move to a small coastal fishing village
where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids,
make love with your wife, take walks into the village in the evenings
where you could drink rum and play dominoes with your friends............