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The American Dream

The American Dream
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An American businessman was standing 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 yellow-fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish.

How long it took you to catch them?” The American asked.

Only a little while.” The Mexican replied.

Why don't you stay out longer and catch more fish?” The American then asked.

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

But,” The American then asked, “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 a 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 you buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat 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 consumers, eventually opening your own can factory. 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 (Initial Public Offering) and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.

Millions, senor? Then what?

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


Are you running around in circles? Life gets a little easier when you know where you are and where you want to go


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Spon says:

Zhi Zu Chang Le <– which means Be content with what you have and you will be happy 🙂

Spon says:

I like this post, it is similar to Chinese’s saying, ‘????’.

Jeremy Day says:

Hi SJ,

This is one of the best stories of the american dream that I have ever read. Glad you throwing this story out to those that haven’t heard it before.


Great story, simple can be best, especially if it means you are able to live the lifestyle you want.

You make a good case with your post. For most people its too late when they realize it.

Blogger Help says:

Really puts things in perspective. In fact, this right here would make me reconsider my own dreams of wealth. Yeah, I really think it would.’

(oops…I really got into this and screwed up my comment…)

Avani-Mehta says:

Hey … this is one of my favourite stories. Gets you thinking … what do you really want in life and do you already have it!