What is success? Somebody forwarded to me this account and I thought it offers a fresh insight on the topic.
This is the story of Ruben, an independent business man in a coastal town in Southern Philippines.
Ruben came into the shore early one morning with his small boat full of lovely fish; one for his family, others to sell. Freddie, a top executive from Manila on vacation, saw Ruben return while the other fishermen were still out with a few catch.
When Freddie asked around about Ruben, everyone told him that Ruben was the best fisherman on the coast.
Freddie walked down to Ruben and asked how he spent his days. Ruben said he fished a bit in the morning, went home to spend some time with his wife and play with his kids, then in the evening he would meet his friends at a local restaurant for songs and games.
Freddie got excited and proposed a business partnership. Together they would build a fleet of ships that would benefit from Ruben’s knowledge. They would move to a big city, and later run offices and fleets around the world.
Ruben asked about the future beyond the world-wide ventures. Freddie expounded on the glories of the great cities and high society, He also stated that after earning so much money they could to retire, go anywhere and do anything they wanted. Ruben asked Freddie what he wants to do when he retires.
Freddie replied, “I would buy a place near the shore, fish a bit in the morning, go home to spend time with my wife and play with the kids, then in the evening I would meet my friends at a local restaurant for songs and games.”
And Ruben laughed, and walked away.