“Live your life before life becomes lifeless”
– Unknown author
Know where you’re going in life, you may already be there! Many times in life,
money and possessions are not everything. In fact, life is simple and available
in the present moment but many of us always try to make it complex and search
for it in the future. Here is an eye opening story between fisherman and a
business graduate which exemplify true meaning of life.
A boat is docked in a tiny
Mexican fishing village and a tourist complimented the local fishermen on the
quality of their fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
“Not very long.” they answered
“Why didn’t you stay out longer
and catch more?”
The fishermen explained that
their small catches were sufficient to meet their needs and those of their
“But what do you do with the
rest of your time?”
“We sleep late, fish a little,
play with our children, and take siestas with our wives. In the evenings, we go
into the village to see our friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and
sing a few songs. We have a full life.”
The tourist 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 after that?” fisherman
expressed their curiosity.
the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a
third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of
selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the
processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this
little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City!
From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.”
“How long would that
take?” Fishermen enquired. “Twenty,
perhaps twenty-five years.” replied the tourist.
“And after that?” Fishermen questioned again.
“Afterwards? Well my friend, that’s when it gets really
interesting,” answered the tourist, laughing. “When your business gets really
big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!”
“Millions? Really? And after
that?” asked the fishermen.
“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 enjoying your friends.”
“With all due respect sir, but
that’s exactly what we are doing now. So what’s the point wasting twenty-five years
asked the Mexicans?
So, life the
life fullest not by counting the possessions but experience it in the present
moment with whatever life offers.
author: Sivananda, popularly known as
“Act of Living Coach” in Bangalore. Sivananda is the creator
of “Act of Living” (The best life coaching program in
Bangalore) program where he
coaches the participants to explore the power with-in to live their life to the
fullest. His client base includes software professionals, students, and
corporate groups. He frequently coach people from various walks of life and
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