The fisherman and the banker.

(Read this if you’re struggling with finding happiness).

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“How much is enough?”

The investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.

“Only a little while.”

“But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a nap with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my friends, I have a full and busy life.”

“I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually, you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to a big City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

“But, how long will this take?”

“15–20 years.”

“But what then?”

“When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Then what?”

“Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take naps with your wife, stroll to the village in the evening, sip wine and play your guitar with your friends!”

Then what?

“I feel like we’ve all been knocked off our hamster wheels. We’ve all been running and running to no specific destination and since the Coronavirus hit, we’re forced to sit at home and ask ourselves… are we really happy here?”

Then what?

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