Fishing

Illustration of the fallacy of having change for change sake and differences in perception to change:

 

Fisherman

A management consultant, on holiday in a fishing village, watched a little fishing boat dock at the quayside. Noting the quality of the fish, the consultant asked the fisherman how long it had taken to catch them.

“Not very long.” answered the fisherman.

“Then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the consultant.

The fisherman explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The consultant asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, have an afternoon’s rest under a coconut tree. In the evenings, I go into the community hall to see my friends, have a few beers, play the drums, and sing a few songs….. I have a full and happy life.” replied the fisherman.

The consultant ventured, “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 a large fleet. Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, 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 a city here or maybe even in the United Kingdom, from where you can direct your huge enterprise.”

“How long would that take?” asked the fisherman.

“Oh, ten, maybe twenty years.” replied the consultant.

“And after that?” asked the fisherman.

“After that? That’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the consultant, laughing, “When your business gets really big, you can start selling shares in your company and make millions!”

“Millions? Really? And after that?” pressed the fisherman.

“After that you’ll be able to retire, move out to a small village by the sea, sleep in late every day, spend time with your family, go fishing, take afternoon naps under a coconut tree, and spend relaxing evenings havings drinks with friends…”

” That’s what i am doing right now”, said the fisherman and went his way.

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First Step

first stepPeople often don’t act because they convince themselves their dream-life is inaccessible. And it is true that day-to-day problems can occupy much of your time and energy.

But if you really want to change something about your life, if you’re sincere, willing and generous, and what you want to accomplish won’t harm anyone in thought, word or deed, then opportunities are sure to present themselves to you at some point.

You’ll need to be vigilant, and take full advantage of those opportunities as they arise. They’re sure to change things, shake-up your routine, and bring you the security, coupled with joy, that will light up your life from now on.

If you achieve security, but don’t get any pleasure from it, you need to change your life-plan, and embark on a new direction.

You´ll need to seize the opportunities that really impact you, deep down inside, and not let yourself be deterred by the fact that you don’t know where you might end-up.

That’s precisely what generates the excitement that accompanies all action, since you don’t know where it will bring you. Unfortunately, people often hesitate to take that crucial first step.

I know you must have missed amazing opportunities for change because of your fear of not knowing what might happen to you, where it all might lead.

The principle is simple: you need to act and take the first critical step, whether it’s to cross the road, or alter your entire existence. Having the courage to take the first step is a determining factor in accomplishing both the smallest and the greatest exploits.

Don’t hesitate to act, both to cross the road, and to transform your life.

Both require the same basic sense of courage. Things may sometimes be difficult, but your efforts are sure to bring you constructive rewards.

Taking the first step strengthens your willpower, and the more you advance and take the second, third, fourth (and so on) steps, the less you’ll feel like going back, because from the moment you take that first step, your life will no longer be the same, and you’ll want to continue improving it even more.