“How many fish did you catch?” the curious entrepreneur inquired.
“Just this one,” said the fisherman, holding up a large, beautiful fish.
“How long long did it take you top catch it?” the entrepreneur asked.
“Not long,” the fisherman replied, “I don’t watch the time… less than an hour, I suppose.”
The entrepreneur wanted to know what else the fisherman did with his day, and was shocked to learn he spent most of his time strolling the beach, playing with his children, sitting beneath the coconut palms and enjoying the sunset every evening.
“This is all my family needs,” the fisherman softly replied.
“But if you hired a few of these lazy islanders around here, got a loan, bought a few more boats and worked all day you could make some good money. In time, if you worked really hard, you could sell a lot of fish, pay back the loan and make enough to retire!”
“Ah, yes, thank you for the great idea,” whispered the fisherman with a smile. “Then I could afford to spend more time with my family, stroll the beach, sit beneath the palms and watch the sunset!”