Inspirational Film of the Week (March 15, 2014)

There’s more to life than just making money for the sake of having more money. There’s got to be a greater goal… a pursuit of something more noble. I want financial freedom… and I want to attain it very early in life.

Financial freedom is just the beginning… It’s just a starting point to open up doors to do so much more in life. I have much greater goals and aspirations that follow post-FI.

Please take a moment and watch this clip below… It should help put things in perspective:

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There is definitely more to life than making money, but the money sure helps. Of course, with the the pursuit of money, you have to under stand your goals.

If you have ever read “THE PARABLE OF THE MEXICAN FISHERMAN”, you will realize sometimes, the end goal is already at hand. The story follows.

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American 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 American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The American 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 siestas 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 American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA 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 would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

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

To which the American replied, “15 – 20 years.”

“But what then?” Asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!”
“Millions – then what?”

The American 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 siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”


That’s an awesome story no nonsense. It’s all about finding what makes you happy, too often we’re trained to believe what will make us happy is spending more money, but that is an endless pursuit. The paradox of money seems to be that unless you have the self control, the more money you have, the more you want.

I guess that’s why a lot of people who are so close to retirement go into that “one more year” syndrome.

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After watching this video, I feel like the Mexican fisherman is lazy for not catching more fish for disabled children.

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