The classic tale of the “executive and the Mexican fisherman” is wonderful story that represents how we all have learned to focus on what we desire mentally without taking into account where we already are. The reason a good story is the basis of great leadership is that it brings you into the present moment. By locating yourself where you really are, you no longer are distracted by your own dreams. And when you want to know when and where to start your own leadership journey, the answer is ‘right here and right now’. When you read this wonderful parable, really consider how your story can contribute to a life of peace. It may be that you find that you already know where your authenticity will take you. Or you may find the authenticity you thought was lost right under your own nose.
[gn_note color="#f3e39f"]An executive from America was standing at the pier of a Mexican village, taking a much needed vacation. It was his first in more than 10 years. He noticed a small boat with just one fisherman had docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The executive complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The Mexican replied, “only a little while.”
The executive then asked, “why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?”
The Mexican replied, “I have enough to support my family for a little while.”
The executive 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, and stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”
The executive 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.”[/gn_note]