2005/09/21

Do You Know Where You're Going To?

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An American tourist was visiting a Fijian Village and complimented a local fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long," answered the Fijian.
"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.
The Fijian 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, pick fruits and vegetables for dinner, play with my grand children, and take a nap with my wife. In the evenings, I stay in the village and talk with my friends, drink kava, 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."


And after that?" asked the Fijian.
"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Suva, Auckland, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the Fijian.
"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.
"And after that?"
"Afterwards? Well my Friend, 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 after that?" said the Fijian.
"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, pick fruits and vegetables for dinner, play with your grand children, take a nap with your wife and spend your evenings drinking kava and enjoying your friends."

And the moral is: Know where you're going in life... you may already be there.

5 comments:

Ria said...

It's an old story but still valid.

Too many people forget that they are living their life - they're always thinking about what they haven't got instead of enjoying what they have got.

The Moody Minstrel said...

There are also an awful lot of people that just exist rather than live...and dogmatically insist that everyone else do the same.

@ロウ 。LOW@ said...

Quite right to it! Great photos and stories here, wish i am there! :) Keep up the good works then, cheers!

Olivia Newton John said...

Umm...I think my agents would like to have a word with you...

YD said...

We all know where we are going to. Just that different people take different approaches. While some understand how to enjoy fundamental happiness, many are still trapped in a rat race in this world, labouring and chasing their dreams but forget to stop and enjoy little things.

True happiness comes from simple thing. Material achievements and mundane world are just transient. Happiness comes from the heart, knowing where we wish to go, and knowing the way to get there.