The story about the executive and the fisherman

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The story about the executive and the fisherman

Now I’d like to tell you a little story about the executive
and the fisherman.

See, once upon a time, there was an over-stressed CEO of a
big company.  And he decided that he just needed a vacation
to get away from it all.  So he decided to go on a fishing
trip to relax.

So he researched, and he finally found, what he believed to
be, a slow-paced fishing village.  And once he got there,
he decided, “Oh, this is perfect.  It’s real slow-paced; the
locals are very, very friendly; and he had the good fortune
of finding a very, very good fishing guide.

He and the guide would get up early every morning, and they’d
go fishing.  Each day they would talk about things, and they
developed quite a friendly relationship sharing stories back
and forth.

A few days into his trip and a lot of fish caught, the CEO
had a suggestion for the fisherman.  He said, “Have you ever
thought about getting some more boats, hiring out some more
fishing guides?  You’d be catching a lot more fish.  And, as
a matter of fact, maybe you could get fishing vessels, catch
a whole bunch of more fish, and create a fish-processing plant
here on the island, and develop a business to where you could
sell fish internationally all over the globe.  You’d have a
world-wide corporation that you could manage.”

And the local fisherman thought about what he’d said for a
minute, and he asked, “Well, what good would that do me?”

And the CEO said, “Well, eventually, your company would get
so big that it would be noticed by an even bigger company, and
you could sell your shares to that bigger company, and you
could retire.”

And the local fisherman says, “Well, what would I do then?”

He says, “Well, you could be like me.”

So the local fisherman says, “So, you mean that I could work
that hard and finally sell my company so that I could finally
come here to where I am right now and go fishing every day?”  He
said, “Well, I’ve already got that.  Why would I want to do all
of that other stress-filled work?”

So remember, is make your choices because it’s what you want,
not because of what somebody else wants for you or because of
their beliefs or them telling you to do or not do something.

It is your life; you make your own choices and accept full
responsibility for your choices, actions, and outcomes.

This is an excerpt from just one of the lessons in the
Ultimate Success Program.

When you’re ready, I invite you to join the thousands
who have applied these life lessons that I’ve put together
into a step-by-step success program.

There’s one recurring theme through all of the lessons,
and that is to take action on each and every step. If
you don’t do that, nothing will happen for you.

The law of cause and effect is real, you must be the
cause (the action) to get the desired effect (your
dreams and goals).

May I help you too?

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks


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