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What Really Matters in Life

Mexican Fisherman Meets Harvard MBA

What really matters in life?

A vacationing American businessman standing on the pier of a quaint coastal fishing village in southern Mexico watched as a small boat with just one young Mexican fisherman pulled into the dock. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. Enjoying the warmth of the early afternoon sun, the American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish.

“How long did it take you to catch them?” the American casually asked.

“Oh, a few hours,” the Mexican fisherman replied.

“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” the American businessman then asked.

The Mexican warmly replied, “With this I have more than enough to meet my family’s needs.”

The businessman then became serious, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

Responding with a smile, the Mexican fisherman answered, “I sleep late, play with my children, watch ball games, and take siesta with my wife. Sometimes in the evenings I take a stroll into the village to see my friends, play the guitar, sing a few songs…”

The American businessman impatiently interrupted, “Look, I have an MBA from Harvard, and I can help you to be more profitable. You can start by fishing several hours longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra money, you can buy a bigger boat. With the additional income that larger boat will bring, before long you can buy a second boat, then a third one, and so on, until you have an entire fleet of fishing boats.”

Proud of his own sharp thinking, he excitedly elaborated a grand scheme which could bring even bigger profits, “Then, instead of selling your catch to a middleman you’ll be able to sell your fish directly to the processor, or even open your own cannery. Eventually, you could control the product, processing and distribution. You could leave this tiny coastal village and move to Mexico City, or possibly even Los Angeles or New York City, where you could even further expand your enterprise.”

Having never thought of such things, the Mexican fisherman asked, “But how long will all this take?”

After a rapid mental calculation, the Harvard MBA pronounced, “Probably about 15-20 years, maybe less if you work really hard.”

“And then what, señor?” asked the fisherman.

“Why, that’s the best part!” answered the businessman with a laugh. “When the time is right, you would sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.”

“Millions? Really? What would I do with it all?” asked the young fisherman in disbelief.

The businessman boasted, “Then you could happily retire with all the money you’ve made. You could move to a quaint coastal fishing village where you could sleep late, play with your grandchildren, watch ball games, and take siesta with your wife. You could stroll to the village in the evenings where you could play the guitar and sing with your friends all you want.”

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Likes

I don’t like “likes”. I can’t get over the fact that people still value ‘likes’ as metrics of the value of the content.

It doesn’t matter how many likes you get on your media or content. Or how many people are talking to you right now.

People get likes if the person is popular or in favor, however – most of the content are lacking in intellectual essence.

There was one time, someone told me that likes isn’t the only currency you should be looking at. It’s real, authentic relationships & communication that makes everyone happy.

Even if it’s just communicating to one instead of a dozen.

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Pursuit

A few weeks ago, an investor shared with me a story about the pursuit of money – The reality of why he wanted to exit the industry of being a role of a fund manager. He simply ask me to dump everything out of my pockets & bag, be it a wallet with cards, my iPad and MacBook, a card holder, a water bottle, tissues, presenter remote, tie, etc etc.
He pointed at an item at random and asked: Do I need this? Why do I need this? Do I need this for my survival? If you’re going to end up in the graveyard, do you still need this? Anyway, what is it for? Does that make you happier? Or more at ease? Why carry something that’s a burden to you?

I’ll like to the change the emphasis of problems.
What is problems? What do you honestly need? Do you honestly need it .. or want it?

I began to realised that the pursuit of luxury is endless, and building a personal fortune with the goal of accumulating wealth is simply losing the purpose of life. How many times do we get to have a proper uninterrupted meal with our loved ones? How many times are we appreciative of people around us? Did we take unconditional love for granted?

With that, great power comes with great responsibility, with the high status quo, high paying job, you are tasked to steer the organisation you are with to the right path. Feel free to ask any entrepreneurs – that requires long-term thinking, planning, execution, manpower, support and willpower to push it through. When you are being compensated for anything, there is a price to pay for it, if you can’t perform, you are out. Pay it through your nose, mental or physical health, that’s basically something known as the economic term – Opportunity Cost. You basically give up something for the other.

The investor simply continued: “Will your next lifelong holiday be on a sampan?”

TLDR; The pursuit of your dreams will lead you to happiness which wealth will take care of itself.

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Sushi Confessions

While I spend my days eating caifan (Mixed vegetable rice) and a bunch of yellow mee. This came to my attention:

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To that poor soul. At least you’re not eating instant noodles.

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Learning Through Discovery

I have been an advocate of various learning styles, including peer based feedback learning, mentorship and guidance based and now, discovery learning. 

Its a method where mainly the goal and outcome is given, but lack the proper instructions and steps to achieve them. In the past, where I was working for a startup, I felt that the approach was absolutely helpful and it increases everyone’s learning ability. Especially at the end of the day where everyone had to share their methodologies in achieving it, it really shows us how capable & flexible our human minds are in terms of working smart.

Probably sometimes you don’t have to tell everyone everything and allow them to emmerse themselves in a journey of self exploration, where they will discover more and come back with something entirely different.

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