The wise fisherman

© Michael Keith Manges

A fisherman was sitting near the seashore, relaxing under the shadow of a tree.

Suddenly a rich businessman approached him and angrily inquired: Why don’t you catch more fish instead of just sitting there?

The fisherman asked: What would I do by catching more fish?

Businessman: You could sell them, earn more money, and buy a bigger boat.

Fisherman: What would I do then?

Businessman: You could go fishing in deeper waters, catch even more fish and earn even more money. 

Fisherman: What would I do then?

Businessman: You could buy many boats and employ many people to work for you and earn even more money.

Fisherman: What would I do then?

Businessman: You could become a rich businessman like me.

Fisherman: What would I do then?

Businessman: You could retire and enjoy your life in peace.

Fisherman: What do you think I’m doing right now?

How do you measure success in life?

Best wishes,
James

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