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Is life a Siesta?

The American businessman 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 yellowfin tuna.  

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

The Mexican said, "I have enough to support my family's immediate needs."

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

The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my
children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each
evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and
busy life, senor."

The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you.  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, eventually you
would have a fleet of fishing boats," the American said, "Instead of selling
your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor,
eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product,
processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal
fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where
you will run your expanding enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But senor, how long will this all take?"

To which the American replied, "15-20 years."

But what then, senor?

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, senor? Then what?"

The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing
village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take
siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could
sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

The fisherman nodded, "Si, senor, that would be a wonderful life to
have...now would you like to buy a fish, then I can go home and spend the
rest of the day with my family."
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