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千方百计得到本已拥有的

(2007-01-02 21:48:10)
分类: 心灵鸡汤

下面这则故事相信许多人早已读过,不过我觉得很有意思,就翻译在此,供大家分享。

千方百计得到本已拥有的

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美国一位投资银行家站在墨西哥沿海小村的码头上,这时有一艘小船靠近码头,船上仅有一个渔夫。小船里有几条黄色长须金枪鱼。这位美国人称赞墨西哥人的金枪鱼质量好,并问他捕这些鱼花了多长时间。

墨西哥人回答说:“只有一小会儿。”

美国人接着问:“为什么不多坚持会儿,多捕些鱼呢?”

墨西哥人说:“这些足够我家吃了。”

美国人又问:“那你空闲时间干什么呀?”

墨西哥鱼夫说:“我起得晚,捕些鱼,与孩子们一起玩,和妻子玛丽娅一起午休,每晚到村里散步、喝酒,和朋友一起弹吉他,我的生活充实而忙碌。”

这位美国人嘲笑道:“我是一名哈佛大学的工商管理硕士,可以帮助你。你应该花更多的时间捕鱼;用捕鱼所得买一艘更大的船;用大船捕鱼所得你可以买几艘船。最后,你会拥有一支捕鱼船队。不要把你捕的鱼卖给中间商,而是直接卖给加工商;最后开一家自己的罐头加工厂。你就可以控制产品、加工、销售。到那时你就需要离开这个沿海小鱼村,搬到墨西哥城,然后搬到落杉矶,最后到纽约,在那里经营你不断扩大的事业。”

墨西哥鱼夫问:“但是,这要花多长时间?”

美国人答道:“1520年。”

“然后呢?”墨西哥人问。

美国人笑了,说以后的才是最重要的部分。“当时机成熟,你可以公开发行股票,把你公司的股票卖给公众,你就变得很富有,可以赚数百万美元。”

“数百万美元?…然后做什么?

美国人说:“然后你可以退休。搬到沿海小鱼村,在那里你可以晚起,捕点鱼,与你的孩子们一起玩,和妻子玛丽娅一起午休,每晚到村里散步、喝酒,和朋友一起弹吉他。”

 

 

Working Towards What You Already Have

 

Author Unknown

 

The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, "Only a little while."

The American then asked, "Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more fish?"

The Mexican said, "With this I have more than enough to support my family's needs."

The American 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, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life."

The American 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 Los Angeles and eventually New York where you will run your ever- expanding enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?"

To which the American replied, "15 to 20 years."

"But what then?" asked the Mexican.

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."

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