interesting story

From: Stirling Reid


Subject: FW: The Rat Race Explained


A boat is docked in a tiny Mexican village.
An American tourist complimented a Mexican fisherman on the quality of
his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long," answered the Mexican.

"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the
American. The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his
needs and those of his family.

The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta
with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends,
have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs...I have a full life."

The American 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. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.
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 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 enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the businessman.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting," answered the
American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start
selling stocks and make millions!"

"Millions? Really? And after that?"

"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, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends!"

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From: Miakat .


I love it!!!

Thankyou for that.

Miakat
 
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From: Duncan M


Umm, I think I've missed the moral of the story.. it seems to be suggesting STAYING in the rat race? What happens when the fisherman injures his back or is too old to fish anymore?

I like Kiyosaki's water carrying story better..


Duncan.
 
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From: Simon H


Heres something else to keep you amused



>
> >
> > If a man with no arms has a gun, is he armed?
> >
> > If someone with multiple personalities threatens suicide....is it
> > considered a hostage situation?
> >
> > Where do forest rangers go to get away from it all?
> >
> > What should you do if you see an endangered animal eating an
> > endangered plant?
> >
> > Would a wingless fly be called a walk?
> >
> > Is a shell less turtle homeless or just naked?
> >
> > What was the best thing BEFORE sliced bread?
> >
> > Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy
> > adultery?
> >
> > If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?
> >
> > Why do women wear evening gowns to nightclubs?
> > Shouldn't they be wearing night gowns?
> >
> > If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
> >
> > When someone asks you, "A penny for your thoughts,"and you put
> > your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?
> >
> > Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
> >
> > Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It's just stale
> > bread to begin with.
> >
> > When cheese gets it's picture taken, what does it say?
> >
> > Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a
> > person drives a race car not called a racist?
> >
> > Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?
> >
> > Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?
> >
> > If horrific means to make horrible, does terrific mean to make
> > terrible?
> >
> > Why isn't 11 pronounced onety one?
> >
> > "I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English
> > language. Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence?
> >
> > Do Roman paramedics refer to IV's as "4's"?
> >
> > Why is it that if someone tells you that there are 1 billion
> > stars in the universe you will believe them but if they tell you a
> > wall has wet paint, you will have to touch it to be sure?
> >
> > What hair color do they put on the drivers licenses of bald
> > men?
> >
> > I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little
> > spoons and forks so I wondered, what do Chinese mothers use?
> > Toothpicks?
> >
> > Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post
> > Office? What are we supposed to do, write to them? Why don't
> > they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen
> > could look for them while they delivered the mail?
> >
> > How much deeper would oceans be if sponges didn't live there?
> >
> > If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly
> > are the others here for?
> >
> > You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.
> >
> > No one ever says "It's only a game," when their team is
> > winning.
> >
> > Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn't
> > zigzag?
> >
> > I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole
> > lot more as they get older, then it dawned on me...
> > they're cramming for their final exam.
> >

regards Simon H
 
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From: Tibor Berenyi


Duncan M,

The moral of the story is dont get into swapping jokes with Simon H at a party :^).

Tibor.

He who trust himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe. Proverbs
 
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From: Simon H


Sure its not investment related but what's wrong with a laugh or two now and again,i like to have fun with my investments (laughing all the way to the bank!!)

Happy Investing
Simon H
:)
 
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From: Brett Burt


My father, a retired shearer , retired with zero in the bank and not much
else. As he says, he has never gone to bed without a roof over his head and
a feed in his belly. Now he potters about, fishes and enjoys entertaining
people with accordion harmonica etc. I am amazed how contented he is with
nothing (in my capitalist eyes) in terms of money. Money doesnt worry him.
He is a living example of your little story.

In my brief 19 years in the police I worked in child sex assault unit,
major crime squad, outback Goodooga, Brewarrina, Walgett, (though the last 6
years in real estate).
Having worked in some of the biggest slums in Australia and with the most
mentally emotionally spiritually tortured of people, whether white, black,
victims or crooks, I have realised the following. Temporary pleasure comes
from money, pain from the pursuit of it. True wealth......the enduring sense
of 'joy' in life only comes when you are physically, emotionally,
spiritually and mentally in 'tune' with yourself. The trick is knowing how
to 'tune' yourself. Some can do it themselves, some need help. Here endeth
the sermon.
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Subject: interesting story


> From: "Stirling Reid" <stirling.reid@transport.sa.gov.au>
>
> Subject: FW: The Rat Race Explained
>
>
> A boat is docked in a tiny Mexican village.
> An American tourist complimented a Mexican fisherman on the quality of
> his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.
>
> "Not very long," answered the Mexican.
>
> "But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the
> American. The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to
meet his
> needs and those of his family.
>
> The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
>
> "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta
> with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends,
> have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs...I have a full
life."
>
> The American 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. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.
> 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 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 enterprise."
>
> "How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.
>
> "Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the businessman.
>
> "And after that?"
>
> "Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting," answered the
> American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start
> selling stocks and make millions!"
>
> "Millions? Really? And after that?"
>
> "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, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends!"
>
> *******************************************************************
>
>
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