Where are you going?

October 25, 2011

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village.  A tourist complimented the local fishermen on the quality of their fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

Not very long, they answered in unison. 

Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more? 

The fishermen explained that their small catches were sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families.

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

We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children, and take siestas with our wives.  In the evenings, we go into the village to see our friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. We have a full life.

The tourist interrupted, I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you!  You should start by fishing longer every day.  You can then sell the extra fish you catch and with the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. 

And after that?

With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.  Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant.  You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise. 

How long would that take?

Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years. replied the tourist.

And after that? Afterwards?

Well my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting, answered the tourist, laughing.  When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!

Millions?  Really?  And after that? asked the fishermen.

After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends. With all due respect sir, but that’s exactly what we are doing now.

So what’s the point wasting twenty-five years?

The moral of the story…       

Know where you’re going in life….you may already be there! 

Author unknown

Categories: Alignment, Attitude, Leadership, Personal development.

Trapped in the jar?

October 3, 2011

Have you ever seen an animal reach into a container and grasp an object with its hand or mouth and not be able to remove it from the container?

As thinking people, we know the animal can let go of the object, remove its hand or head, tip the container upside down, and let the object fall out.

Metaphorically, how often do we find ourselves in similar situations – situations where we have grabbed onto something and will not let it go, causing us to be stuck or even trapped.  We continue to hold onto the person, thought, idea, image, situation, belief or ???

The idea is that we are crippling ourselves by hanging on, not letting go.  While crippled in this manner, we are not able to get or accept other gifts coming our way.  Our tight fisted grasp keeps us “trapped in the jar”. 

We must let go of the past – of the thoughts holding us back – of the need to be right, before we can accept the gifts of now.

Use your skills to learn the lessons in your life.  Then let go of the person, thought, idea, image, situation, belief or ???, and “take your hand out of the jar”.

by Michael Price

Categories: Accountability, Attitude, Personal development.