Left a biz in the states to live the simple life. Why?

Posted by Jul25, 2008 Comments (0)

Many of our friends and family thought we were crazy to be leaving the US/Las Vegas when we had our own small successful business, nice size house, 2 SUV’s, small boat and various toys. They couldn’t understand why we were selling all our worldly possessions to embark on an adventure moving to a third world country.


We now live in Costa Rica with less then 1/4 of the material things and in a house half the size by the beach. This story below pretty much explains it all.



 A boat docked in a tiny Costa Rican village. An American tourist complimented the Tico fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

“Not very long,” answered the fisherman.

“But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American.

The fisherman explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life.”

The American interrupted, “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.”

“And after that?” asked the fisherman.

“With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to a City like, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.”

“How long would that take?” asked the Costa Rican.

“Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the American.

“And after that replied the fisherman?”

“Afterwards? Well my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the American, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!”

“Millions? Really? And after that?” asked the fisherman.

“After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.”

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