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The Businessman and the Fisherman Story


The Businessman and the Fisherman Story is Perfect

I read the story below again today and had to share it.  The story is an eye opener and one that my wife and I very much take to heart.

What if someone told you that if you gave up cell phones with data plans, new cars, big homes, credit cards, and other forms of debt you would be able to enjoy life like someone who is retired before you were of retirement age?

About a year ago, I left a great corporate job to start working for myself.  Now both my wife and I work for ourselves and we make plenty for everything we need or want.  We had to become debt free before we could make that leap, but we put in the effort and now it is paying off big for us.

At just over 40 I am able to work just enough to make money to still put away for our eventual retirement, but also to enjoy our lives.  This includes sleeping in and having coffee with my wife, going for walks in the middle of the day.  Sometimes we call it a day if we do not have work due to one of our clients that day.  There are days were we still put in 8-10 hours for our clients, but there are also days we do not turn on the computer.

We joke that we are semi-retired.  It was not easy at first giving up all the toys and luxuries we got used to.  As we stopped buying things we found how amazing freedom was.

Kellie Chasse Painting

Artist Kellie Chasse painting www.kelliechassefineart.com

We have freedom and we have enough, because we are not addicted to consumerism.  Please enjoy the story and also think about what you really want out of life.  Is it stuff or is it the freedom to enjoy the days we are blessed with doing what makes us happy?


One day a fisherman was lying on a beautiful beach, with his fishing pole propped up in the sand and his solitary line cast out into the sparkling blue surf. He was enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun and the prospect of catching a fish.

About that time, a businessman came walking down the beach trying to relieve some of the stress of his workday. He noticed the fisherman sitting on the beach and decided to find out why this fisherman was fishing instead of working harder to make a living for himself and his family. “You aren’t going to catch many fish that way,” said the businessman. “You should be working rather than lying on the beach!”

The fisherman looked up at the businessman, smiled and replied, “And what will my reward be?”

“Well, you can get bigger nets and catch more fish!” was the businessman’s answer.

“And then what will my reward be?” asked the fisherman, still smiling.

The businessman replied, “You will make money and you’ll be able to buy a boat, which will then result in larger catches of fish!”

“And then what will my reward be?” asked the fisherman again.

The businessman was beginning to get a little irritated with the fisherman’s questions. “You can buy a bigger boat, and hire some people to work for you!” he said.

“And then what will my reward be?” repeated the fisherman.

The businessman was getting angry. “Don’t you understand? You can build up a fleet of fishing boats, sail all over the world, and let all your employees catch fish for you!”

Once again the fisherman asked, “And then what will my reward be?”

The businessman was red with rage and shouted at the fisherman, “Don’t you understand that you can become so rich that you will never have to work for your living again! You can spend all the rest of your days sitting on this beach, looking at the sunset. You won’t have a care in the world!”

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “And what do you think I’m doing right now?”

Story Credit: Heinrich Boll


Remember what is important: life, friends, family, and time.  All have immeasurable value, but do not cost a penny.  The “things” we purchase take from each of these, which means we should chose wisely.

Break free of your cage and have a wonderful day!

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Karen Macnamara March 28, 2016, 8:18 pm

    I love, love this post!

  • Linda Shirley March 29, 2016, 3:55 pm

    Great story. Sending to my son. I am already fishing and love reading you as we are similar in our philosophy.

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