The Fisherman

Been meaning to write this post for a while and was reminded of it this morning at the men's breakfast, A few times I have been given this story recently
(this copied version copied from http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2010/09/08/the-fisherman-and-the-businessman/)
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There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village.
As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish.
The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”
The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”
“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.
“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.
The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”
The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”
The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman.
“I am a PhD in business management. I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village and to Sao Paulo, where you can set up HQ to manage your other branches.”
The fisherman continues, “And after that?”
The businessman laughs heartily, “After that, you can live like a king in your own house, and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich.”
The fisherman asks, “And after that?”
The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!”
The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”'
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It sort of speaks for itself although not sure on the going out for a drink part but that's just me. It also can not be considered lazy just time spent elsewhere away from core work.
Also it is sustainable, the business man fails to realize that if you over fish you do not get the large fish anymore. Also his afternoon could be spent deciding how to fish better , reflecting on mistakes done.
I try and relate this to the IT business , I enjoy helping people and fixing things. but sometimes it doesn't work and I am finding it takes strength to tell people when you are going to fail with out wasting time. but equally having reflecting time and the ability to come back to things afresh not working late can solve difficult issues. I meant to spend this morning preparing a sermon for tomorrow but needed to get this out of my mind so will come back to the PC later.

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