The Story That Changed My Life

imageWhen I was 22 years old I worked full time as a beverage cart girl at a golf course. My husband was my boss, my hours were flexible, the money was great, and I loved the job. However, I was unhappy. Why? Because I was constantly being asked when I would find a “real job”. So, I set out on my journey to find a career, and accomplished it. I worked at a bank, wore the business suit, had the corner office, worked “9-5” and was miserable. Yup, I was living the American dream. After reading this story for the 100th time it clicked….this was not my destiny. I was not going to fit into the mold. I am happy to say I am back on the golf course (part-time with my personal training) and even loving it more now that I saw the other option!


A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

“Not very long,” answered the Mexican.

“But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American.

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

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

“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life.”

The American interrupted, “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.”

“And after that?” asked the Mexican.

“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 an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.”

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

“Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the American.

“And after that?”

“Afterwards? Well my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the American, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!”

“Millions? Really? And after that?” asked the Mexican.

“After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.”


7 thoughts on “The Story That Changed My Life

  1. Lovely and so true. I’m so glad that I learned not to get tangled in that web (or, like you, I did get tangled in that web but figured out how to untangle myself). Why are we always pushing when we find ourselves happy? Out here traveling, I find that this is distinctly an American and western European (and Australian) thing. When I talk to people from those countries they want to know about my job, how I earn money, and when I will go back to my “real” job again. When I talk to people from the rest of the world they want to know about my passions, my family, my country and what I think of theirs. They never ask, and don’t seem to care, what I do for money.

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  3. What a beautiful story. You should be enormously proud of yourself for recognizing what your soul’s mission is, but also for making needed changes in your life to be in sync with that! Lots of people know that where they are at is not fulfilling (i.e.: banking world for you), but fear keeps them there…I wish you nothing but success – in way of abundance in all that is really important!

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