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25 Mar 2010


Firstly I'd like to say a big HELLO & WELCOME to my new readers and followers, I have been looking at some of your websites and blogs and have been very inspired!

Today I have been on a 'Power of Momentum' course run by a local life coach who is a friend of mine. It made me realise what is important in my life and has given me the drive to change a few things. Even though I love my work and need to work because I don't have any financial support from elsewhere, today made me realise that I need to take more time for myself, family & friends and it reminded me of a great little story that I have up in my studio at all times. This is it, I hope that you like it:

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long," answered the Mexican.

"But then why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.

The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs...I have a full life."

The American 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. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and then 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 negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open up your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City or Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.

"Perhaps twenty years," replied the American.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting" answered the American laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!"

"Millions? Really? And then after that?"

"After that", concluded the American, "you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny fishing village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying the company of your wife and friends."


  1. I love that story. I think I will send it to my husband, who at 10:16 p.m, is still at the office!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I like it. I certainly dont make time for the little things, and I would much ratehr do them all little and often now than not at all until 20 years down the line!!

  3. I quite agree, but sometimes it's not easy to remember is it...


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