How to have a perfect life?


Well-known member
7 Jun 2001
From the Daiy Mail 30/01/02
A boat docked on a tiny Mexican village and an American tourist asked the fisherman how long it took him to catch his fish. "Not long" answered the Mexican.
"So why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.
The Mexican explained 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 sleep late, fish a little, play with my children and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, 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 with the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second and a third and so on until you have a fleet of trawlers.
Instaed of selling your fish to a middle man, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe open your own plant. You can then leave this village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles oe even New York. From there you can direct your enterprise"
"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican. "Oh 20, maybe 25 years," replied the American.
"And after that?"
"That's when it gets really interesting. When your business gets really big, you can sell stocks and make millions."
"Sell stocks, and then what?"
"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife, and spend your evenings drinking and playing the guitar."


Active member
16 Oct 2001
Porthmadog / Port Leucate
Hmmm...That story is nice and rings a little too true for those like me who are definately wage-slaves of the discontented variety.

Do I want to stay working under intense pressure for someone else's targets, or would I rather be a sail and powerboat instructor on much less money doing the thing I love most.

5 short years...thats all thats is left of my mortgage.....