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The little wave

Like waves, we roll on
The story is abut a little wave, bobbing along in the ocean, having a grand old time. He's enjoying the wind and the fresh air – until he notices the other waves in front of him, crashing against the shore. “My God, this terrible”,the wave says. “Look what's going to happen to me!”

Then along comes another wave. It sees the first wave, looking grim, and it says to him: “Why do you look so sad?” The first wave says: “You don't understand! We're all going to crash against the rocks! All of us waves are going to be nothing! Isn't it terrible?”

The second wave says: “No, you don't understand. You're not a wave, you're part of the ocean.”

The Mexican Fisherman

Mexican Fisherman
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 yellow fin 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 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 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 NYC 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?"

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 siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

Both stories read today in the menu of a lounge bar on Island Hvar.

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  1. Sybille
    Apr 13th, 2010 5:10 PM

    "Your email is never published nor shared"

    Hi Vladimir, just what I needed at the end of a long day - a really good laugh.

    If you never publish my email nor share it, why should I write a comment? I might as well do what I normally do - talk to myself. Just joking, when I absolutely have to, I talk with other people as well.

  2. Reeder Lyons
    Sep 25th, 2009 7:57 PM

    It is interesting that the Harvard graduate has not the capacity to listen. Seemingly the only sound he can hear is his own greed, and that not very well.

    He also fails to understand that in this period of time the children and wife will have passed from view and their prime of relationship.

    Sorrowfully bankers view is the norm.

    Understanding "true-truth" as opposed to "perceived truth" is for many of us, most difficult

    may your day be blessed with wisdom's way


    • Sep 28th, 2009 10:18 PM

      It is a very eye opening story as I see more and more people becoming that Harvard banker every day.

  3. Aug 16th, 2009 11:02 PM

    Beautiful stories. Thank you Vladimir for sharing this with us. I wish you a great time at Hvar.

  4. ervin
    Aug 15th, 2009 7:17 PM

    Jedva cekam da te posetim na tom magicnom malom otoku usred Jadrana moj Vladimire...
    (Hardly waiting & looking forward to visit you on that magic island of Adriatic...)