The Mexican Fisherman


    Below, you will find a variation of a parable that has been around for some time now.  I present it because I wish that two events had occurred in my life several years ago.

    #1. I wish I had stumbled across this parable when deciding to design web pages.

    #2. Simultaneously, after discovering the parable, I wish I had discovered Wealthy Affiliate….oh, how much money and time I could have saved!


    Mexican Coming Back From Fishing
    Small Boat. By Georgios Pazios Alaniaris) – Έργο αυτού που το ανεβάζει (own work), Attribution, Link

    The Mexican Fisherman and the Investment Banker
    (Author Unknown)

    An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large fish. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

    The Mexican replied, “only a little while.”

    The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish?

    The Mexican 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?”

    Man Playing Guitar. By Photographer Susan Bordelon. – Photograph provided by Jose Luis Orozco,Jr., Sr. Vice President, Arcoiris Records, Inc. (Copyright Holder), CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

    The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, and 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 interrupted, “I have an MBA from Harvard, and can help you,” he said.  “You should spend more time fishing, and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat.  With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, and eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.  Instead of selling your catch to a middle-man, you could sell directly to the processor, eventually opening up your own cannery.  You could control the product, processing, and distribution,” he said.  “Of course, you would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles, and eventually to New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

    The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

    To which the American replied, “Oh, 5 to 10 years or maybe less!”

    “But what then?” asked the Mexican.

    The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part.  When the time was 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 could retire.  Move to a small coastal fishing village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play guitar with your amigos.”


    Many will say the moral of this parable is simple…”if you have a full and busy life with additional time to enjoy friends, family, music and an occasional sip of wine, you can enjoy a very happy existence.

    Dedicate Yourself to A Vision and Enjoy the Rewards

    I cannot argue with that.  However, if you are one that has a burning desire to expand your dreams and goals, you might arrive at a different conclusion.

    I’m willing to dedicate 5 to 10 years of my life towards my goals and visions to prosper more than I could have ever imagined.  It may come sooner, but you can be sure I’ll never be satisfied with just being “satisfied.”  I’ll have fun on my extended journey and manage to share good times with my family and friends along the way.

    I invite you to explore the unique opportunities that can only be found at Wealthy Affiliate.

    I hope you enjoyed my variation on the parable.  I also hope you decide to join Wealthy Affiliate and become successful!  If you would, please drop me a comment with any thoughts or questions you might have.