An American businessman on vacation stood at the pier of a small fishing village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat was a large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on his catch and asked him how long it took to catch it. The fisherman replied, "Not long, señor, only a little while."
The American then asked, "Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more fish?" The Mexican said that the one fish was enough to support his family's modest needs. The American then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
The Mexican fisherman replied, I sleep till the middle of the morning, fish till noon, take a siesta with my wife, Maria. Then I play with my children in the afternoon. After dinner, I stroll into the village where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and rewarding life, señor."
The American scoffed, "I am a Columbia MBA and I want to help you. Listen to what I have to tell you. Spend more time fishing and catch more fish. With the extra money you make you can buy your family more stuff. You will be able to afford a bigger boat and with it you'll make enough to buy more boats. Eventually you'll have a whole fleet. Instead of selling your fish to the middleman you can sell directly to the processor, and with the extra profits you can open your own cannery. With this money you could control the catch, the processing, the distribution. You could move to Mexico City, then to Los Angeles, and finally to New York City where you can run your fishing empire.
The fisherman asked, "But señor, how long will all this take?"
"Twenty years, maybe," the American replied. "You'll be a wealthy man."
"But what then, señor?"
The American stifled a laugh and said, "That's the whole point. When the time is right, you can announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become extremely wealthy, a billionaire."
"A billionaire? Then what?"
Triumphantly, the American replied, "With a billion you can safely retire. You could afford to move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep till mid morning, fish a little, have a siesta, play with your grandkids, and stroll into the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play guitar with your amigos."