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  • kym walther
    Reminds me of Lazy days in Malawi!!!
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30 10:34 AM
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      Reminds me of Lazy days in Malawi!!!


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      > > 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
      >how
      > > 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
      >with
      > > the
      > > proceeds, buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the
      >bigger
      > > 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
      >sell
      > > 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
      >LA
      > > 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
      >time
      > > is
      > > right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to
      >the
      > > public
      > > and become very rich. You would make millions."
      > >
      > > "Millions... Then what?"
      > >
      > > The American said, "Then you would retire, move to a small
      >coastal
      > > 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.
      > >
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