The Fisherman and the Businessman



There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small village. As he sat, he saw a fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish. The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”
The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”

“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.

“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.

The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”
The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink - we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”

The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman.


“I am a PhD in business management. I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village where you can set up a head quarter to manage your other branches.”

The fisherman continues, “And after that?”

The businessman laughs heartily, “After that, you can live like a king in your own house, and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich.”

The fisherman asks, “And after that?”

The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!”

The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”


(This story is taken from the book of Paulo Coelho)


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We make difference by how we treat people


A man went to Church. He forgot to switchoff and his phone rang in the church accidentally during prayer. The Pastor scolded him. The worshippers admonished him after prayers for interrupting the silence. His wife kept on lecturing him on his carelessness all the way home. One could see the shame, embarrassment and humiliation on his face. 

After all this, he never stepped foot in the church again. 


That evening, he went to a bar.

He was still nervous and trembling. He spilled his drink on the table by accident.The waiter apologized and gave him a napkin to clean himself.The Janitor mopped the floor. The female manager offered him a complimentary drink. She also gave him a huge hug and a peck while saying, "Don't worry man. Who doesn't make mistakes?". He has not stopped going to that bar since then.


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Everything happens for a purpose



A king had a male servant who, in all circumstances always said to him, "My king, do not be discouraged because everything God does is perfect, no mistakes."

One day, they went hunting and a wild animal attacked the king, the servant managed to kill the animal but couldn't prevent his majesty from losing a finger. Furious and without showing gratitude, the king said, "if God was good, I would not have been attacked and lost one finger."

The servant replied, "despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good and everything He does is perfect, He is never wrong".

Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his servant.

While being taken to prison, he told the king again, "God is Good and Perfect".

Another day, the king left alone for another hunt and was captured by savages who use human beings for sacrifice.

On the altar, the savages found out that the king didn't have one finger in place, he was released because he was considered not "complete" to be offered to the gods.

On his return to the palace, he ordered the release of his servant and said, "My friend, God was really good to me. I was almost killed but for lack of a single finger, I was let go". But I have a question, "If God is so good, why did He allow me to put you in prison?"

His servant replied, "My king, if I had not been put in prison, I would have gone with you, and would have been sacrificed, because I have no missing finger".

Everything God does is perfect, He is never wrong. Often we complain about life, and the negative things that happen to us, forgetting that everything happens for a purpose.
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