Success

If I am successful, it is in my eyes, not the eyes of others; I can look at myself and not despise what I see, and I can sleep peacefully. Here is a story …

A rich banker, vacationing on a tropical island, watched a tiny boat land on the beach. A man jumped out, carrying a few fish. The banker asked the man what his life was like.

The man replied, “Oh, I just sleep until noon, then I go out and catch a few fish. Then I come back and spend the evening with my family, eating good food, playing, and walking on the beach.”

Putting on his personal coaching hat, the banker suggested, “If you got up earlier and caught more fish, you could sell some of them. In a few months you could buy a bigger boat.” The man asked, “And then what?”

The banker replied, “Well, then you could carry more fish, and earn more money. In less than a year, you could hire a small crew.” The man asked, “And then what?”

The banker replied, “Then in a couple of years you could catch and sell enough fish to buy a really big boat, and hire a bigger crew.” The man asked, “And then what?”

The banker replied, “If you and your crew work every day from dawn to dusk, then in five to ten years you could develop a global enterprise.” The man asked, “And then what?”

The banker replied, “If you continued in this way for another 20 years or so, you could be rich like me, and then you could retire.” The man asked, “And then what?”

The banker replied, “Well, you could live on a tropical island, sleep until noon, catch a few fish, spend evenings with your family, eat good food, play, and walk on the beach.”

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About Greg Lauver

I own LauverSystems.com and provide mobile computing support and training locally.
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