“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.”
An American investment banker on vacation was visiting a coastal Mexican village when a small boat docked at the pier. Inside the boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The banker complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish.
"How long did it take you to catch them?"
"Only a little while." the fisherman replied.
"Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?"
"Oh, I have enough. I have dinner for my family, will give some to a friend, and will maybe sell the rest."
“But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, stroll into the village in the evening where I sip wine, and maybe play guitar with my friends.”
The banker scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat, and eventually, you could have a whole 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 could leave this small village and move to Mexico City, then LA, and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”
“But, how long will all of this take?”
“15 – 20 years or so.”
“But then what?”
The banker laughed, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO, sell your company stock to the public, and become very rich, you would make millions!”
“Millions? Then what?”
“Then you could retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your friends.”
What does success mean for you?
With that answer in mind, are you "successful"?