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Life in La Manzanilla

Posted by Erin on February 23, 2011, 12:24 pm

Life in La Manzanilla

An Gingo businessman was on the beach of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman came ashore. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna.

The Gringo complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, only a little while.

The Gringo then asked why he didn't stay out longer and catch more fish.

The Mexican replied that he had enough to support his family.

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

The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life."

The Gringo shook his head, "I'm an MBA grad and could help you. You should spend more time fishing, and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would
have a 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'd need to leave the village for a while, move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?"

To which the Gringo replied, "Ten to 15 years."

"And what then?"

The Gringo became even more excited. "When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You could make millions!"

"Millions? Then what?"

The Gringo said, "Then you would retire, move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take naps with your wife, kick back in the village at night where you could drink
wine and play the guitar with your friends.

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