The American businessman was fishing at a small Mexican coastal village when a small boat with a fisherman docked.
In the boat were several large 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 “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
The fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife Maria. Then I stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos.”
“I have a full busy life, señor.”
The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman.
“I am a Harvard MBA,” the American scoffed.
“I could help you. You should spend more time fishing.”
“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.
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.
By then, you will need to leave this small village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles, and eventually New York City where you would run expanding enterprise.”
The fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will this all take?”
“Fifteen of twenty years.”
“But what then señor?”
The American businessman laughs heartily, “That’s the best part. When the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich and make millions of money. You can live like a king in your own house.”
The fisherman asks, “And after that?”
The businessman says, “The you would finally retire, and move to a small coastal village where you would sleep, fish a little, play with your grandchildren, take siesta with your wife Maria, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play guitar with your amigos.”
The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”
You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes! — Haggai 1:6, NLT
JUN AMPARO is the author of OMG! OFW’s Money is Gone: Practical Tips on How to Be Wise with Your Hard-earned Money which was featured at GMA News Online. Being an OFW for over a decade, he’s aware about the common financial challenges of many Overseas Filipino Workers.
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