How much is enough?

An American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village …

… when a small boat with just one fisherman docked with his catch of several large yellow fin tuna. The America 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? 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 sniggered. “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 catch you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. 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 pondered this, then asked “Senor, how long will this all take?” To which the American replied “Well, maybe 15-20 years.”

“But what then, senor?” The American laughed and said that’s the best part. He explained that 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?” Said the wide eyed Mexican

The American said, “Well, then you would retire to a life of ease my friend. Maybe 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.”


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  1. Such a beautiful poignant story.

    I came to Malta in the Mediterranean 6 years ago with a fistful of cash, ready to settle down somewhere warm, make some ex-pat friends find a good investment and be on easy street for the rest of my days.

    I would like to say that I invested my late father’s money wisely but alas I was duped by a conman, and for the last few months have been working for less than minimum wage.

    Things will get better as now my new enterprise gets underway, and my exciting life adventure resumes. What does the future hold? Many great things if I chose to look forward, and use my financial loss as a life lesson, and that is what I am doing.

    There are many people in the UK, working there 9-5’s just to eventually retire, on such a beautiful island as Malta, and they will spend most of their lives and many years and many won’t even get to live their dream.

    I am already here, why not just enjoy and be grateful, I am already where I want to be, just like our Mexican friend.

    Paul Nice
    “Malta Not Mexico”