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How to Be Rich Today

written by admin December 28, 2016

Being “Rich” is just a perspective.  Financial burdens dominate every income level including the financially “rich”.  It’s funny to think but even people with millions in the bank waste their days stressing about how to get more money.

Financially the subject person in the story below could easily be mislabeled as poor.  But spiritually he is rich.  And that is the best feeling of “rich” you can have.

If there is one story that has stuck with me over the year’s, it’s this one:

An American investment banker was 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 yellowfin 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 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 siestas 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.” The American scoffed, “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 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 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 New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15 – 20 years.”

“But what then?” Asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part.  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 – then what?”

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


We’re on a timeline.  And it starts with birth and ends with death.  Everyday that happens in between is a day to live and experience life.  The fisherman in this story gets it.  The Harvard grad is lost and will no doubt one day take up yoga and meditation to try and figure out where it all went wrong.

Life is too short.  Stop chasing that extra dollar.  Make your days count today.  And appreciate what you have.


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