the fisher and the businessman

I don't know where this story came from, but it's a great one:

A businessman was vacationing in a small coastal village when a small boat with a fisher docked at the pier.

Inside the small boat were several large fish. The businessman complimented the fisher on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The fisher replied, "Not very long.” The banker asked, "Why don't you stay out longer and catch more fish, so you can make more money?" The fisher replied with a smile, "This is more than enough to support my family's needs." The banker then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?" The fisher said, "Ah... I sleep late, play with my children, nap with my wife, and stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my friends. I have a good life."

The businessman said excitedly, "That's all well and good, but imagine what you could accomplish if you worked harder. If you caught more fish, you could use the proceeds to buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several more boats and hire people to do the fishing for you. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor; eventually you could own your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You could leave your poor village and move to a big city to run an ever-expanding enterprise!"

The fisher asked, "But how long would all this take?" The businessman replied, "Oh, probably fifteen to twenty years." "Ah," the fisher said. "And what then?" The banker laughed and said, "That's the best part! When the time was right you would sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You could make millions!"

"I see... and then what?"

The businessman said, "Well, you would retire, of course!... move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, nap with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your friends. Think what a wonderful life you would have!"