This was first written as a recollection within
small business blog I no longer update; I'm sure
there are over a hundred other business oriented
entries within its archives. Next it was added to
your own business lens I enjoy playing with.
It is here because it seems just as appropriate to
finance as to business.
Arturo came into the dock early one morning with
his small boat full of lovely fish, one for himself,
others to sell. Bill, an Ivy League MBA on vacation,
saw Arturo return to the dock while all the other fishermen
were still out with almost empty boats.
Bill asked about Arturo, everyone agreed that Arturo
was the best fisherman on the coast.
Bill walked down to Arturo and asked how he spent his
days. Arturo said he fished a bit in the morning, went
home to spend some time with his wife and play with
his kids, then in the evening Arturo met his friends
at the local restaurant for songs and games.
Bill got excited and proposed a partnership. Together
they would build a fleet of ships that would benefit
from Arturo's knowledge. They would Move to a big city,
and later run offices and fleets around the world.
Arturo asked about the future beyond the world wide
ventures. Bill expounded on the glories of the great
cities and high society, finishing with the statement
that when Arturo decided he was ready to retire he
could go anywhere and do anything he wanted. Bill asked
what Arturo would do with such a fine retirement.
Arturo replied, " I would fish a bit in the morning,
go home to spend some time with my wife and play
with the kids, then in the evening I would meet my
friends at a local restaurant for songs and games."
And Arturo walked