Story of a Fisherman

My son told me this story about a fisherman. He heard it from one of his teachers. I couldn’t find it online anywhere, so I am retelling it in my own way. As I have my own business and I enjoy meeting other business people, this story struck a chord for me.

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Once upon a time there was a fisherman who had a small boat and spent all his day fishing. A businessman met the fisherman one day as the fisherman pulled up to the dock. “Why do you have just one boat?” said the businessman (reminding me of some of the entrepreneurial types I have met on Twitter). “Why not buy 5 large boats so you can catch more fish? You could hire some locals to do the fishing for you. Once you have made more money that way, you could invest in a whole fleet of boats and manage a large enterprise. After a few years of that kind of money, you could retire and do whatever it is you really want to do. By the way,” inquired the businessman, “what would you do if you could do anything you really wanted?”

“I would enjoy sitting in my small boat and fish,” replied the fisherman.

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If you could enjoy doing one simple thing in life (or two or three), what would it be?