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A boat docked in 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 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 America 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. 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. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe open your own. You can then leave this village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles or even New York. From there you can direct your enterprise."

"How long will that take?" asked the Mexican.

"Oh 20 maybe 25 years" replied the American.

"And after that?"

"Then it gets really interesting," answered the American, "When your business gets really big, you can sell stocks and make millions."

"Millions? 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."

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