The Fisherman and the Entrepreneur

A great entrepreneur was vacationing on a tropical island when he came upon a fisherman pulling his boat to shore in the warm, blue waters.

“How many fish did you catch?” the curious entrepreneur inquired.

“Just this one,” said the fisherman, holding up a large, beautiful fish.

“How long long did it take you top catch it?” the entrepreneur asked.

“Not long,” the fisherman replied, “I don’t watch the time… less than an hour, I suppose.”
The entrepreneur wanted to know what else the fisherman did with his day, and was shocked to learn he spent most of his time strolling the beach, playing with his children, sitting beneath the coconut palms and enjoying the sunset every evening.

“Why not catch more fish?” said the entrepreneur, somewhat dismissively.

“This is all my family needs,” the fisherman softly replied.

“But if you hired a few of these lazy islanders around here, got a loan, bought a few more boats and worked all day you could make some good money.  In time, if you worked really hard, you could sell a lot of fish, pay back the loan and make enough to retire!”

“Ah, yes, thank you for the great idea,” whispered the fisherman with a smile. “Then I could afford to spend more time with my family, stroll the beach, sit beneath the palms and watch the sunset!”

About Bhava Ram

Bhava Ram (bhavaram.com) is a former NBC Foreign Correspondent who healed from a broken back and diagnosis of terminal cancer through the sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda. His memoir, Warrior Pose, How Yoga Literally Saved My Life, details this healing journey and is scheduled to be a feature film in 2016. Bhava is the co-founder of the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts (deepyoga.com) and is an author, teacher, lecturer, musician and spiritual counselor. He and his wife, Laura Plumb, lead trainings and retreats in California, Europe and India.
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