Once upon a time there was a fisherman who lived on a peaceful island. Every day he would get up early sail out a short distance, get his catch, come back to shore at about 11am, sell his fish, and then spend the rest of the day with his family and friends in his home overlooking the beauty of the ocean.
His life was sheer bliss.
One day a foreign entrepreneur visited the tranquil island to recuperate from the stresses of building his empire and saw the fisherman bringing his boat onto the shore. They struck up a pleasant conversation.
“You know what you want to do?” said the entrepreneur to the fisherman, “You want to get yourself another boat and employ someone to work on it and then you can catch twice the amount of fish and make twice the amount of money!”
“And then what do I do?” asked the fisherman.
“Well,” said the entrepreneur excitedly putting across his business wisdom, “You can then save up and buy yourself a whole fleet of new boats, employ a lot more people to run them and make loads more money”
“And then what do I do?” asked the fisherman, slightly puzzled.
Now the entrepreneur felt in his element; this was his area of expertise. “Well, then in about 10 years time you can buy a home with a great view overlooking the ocean, finish work early and spend more time with your family and friends!”
What Are You Chasing?
How will you know when you have what you want? Are you trying to achieve what is important for you? Are you following your passion? Are your goals and dreams in line with your values and what you stand for?
Or are you chasing dreams that maybe aren’t your own? Because you feel it is the latest trend or fad or because everyone else seems to be doing it?
Be wise in what you aim for and remember that success without fulfilling your inner desires or values is not real success.