Fisherman and Business Man story
There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village.
As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish.
The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”
The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”
“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.
“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.
The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”
The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”
The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman.
“I am a PhD in business management. I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village and to Sao Paulo, where you can set up HQ to manage your other branches.”
The fisherman continues, “And after that?”
The businessman laughs heartily, “After that, you can live like a king in your own house, and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich.”
The fisherman asks, “And after that?”
The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!”
The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”
My Personal Experience 2020
I was distracted after I embarked on my new journey in September 2019. There’s always distractions such as new opportunities which will come along your way when you put yourself out there and talk business with others. I was reading a chinese children story book to my child, there was a kitten which was suppose to go fishing but she was distracted by butterfly and dragonfly. Mother cat took her back and reprimand her to stay focus. Without focus, you will end up without the fish, butterfly or dragonfly.
I was chasing too many things at a single time without building up my financial advisory business yet. Stay focus and build up this business first before you go tinkering on other businesses. Like all buildings, you need to have the solid foundation by installing deep piles so that your building can withstand wind and other natural forces.
To my dear friends who were encouraging and pushing me hard on the health business, I understand that it is a great business model which creates residual income and it can lead to financial freedom. I need to put it on hold. I need to make my financial advisory business great first. Coming back to the fisherman and businessman story, I am already half way fishing by the sea, playing guitar and spending time with family every evening. I don’t need a lot money to make myself happy. I want the time freedom. There are various other means to reach there.