Fwd: FW: The American Dream?
- Reminds me of Lazy days in Malawi!!!
> > ----------
> > From: Dana Gaughan
> > Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 1999 7:37 PM
> > To: Myoko Costello; Coleen Morrison; Kym Walther; Natalie Jordan; Anita
> > Kirmani; 'tperry@...'
> > Subject: The American Dream?
> > An American investment banker was standing on the pier of a small
> > coastal village in Mexico when a small boat docked. Inside the
> > small
> > boat were several large yellow fin tuna and one fisherman. The
> > American
> > complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked
> > long
> > it took to catch them.
> > "Only a little while," the fisherman replied.
> > The American asked why he didn't stay out longer and catch more
> > fish.
> > The fisherman said he had enough to support his family's needs.
> > The American asked, "but what do you do with the rest of your
> > time?"
> > The fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my
> > children,
> > take siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening
> > where
> > I
> > sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy
> > life."
> > The American scoffed, "You should spend more time fishing and
> > the
> > proceeds, buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the
> > boat
> > you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of
> > fishing
> > boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you could
> > directly to the processor, and eventually open your own cannery.
> > You
> > would control the product, processing and distribution. You could
> > leave
> > this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then
> > and
> > eventually NYC where you would run your expanding enterprise."
> > The fisherman asked, "But how long will this take?"
> > The American replied, "15-20 years."
> > "And what then?"
> > The American laughed and said, "that's the best part. When the
> > is
> > right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to
> > public
> > and become very rich. You would make millions."
> > "Millions... Then what?"
> > The American said, "Then you would retire, move to a small
> > fishing village, and sleep late, fish a little, play with your
> > kids,
> > take
> > siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings and
> > sip
> > wine
> > and play your guitar with your amigos."
> > "Huh," the fisherman said, and walked up the pier with his fish.