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Old 06-08-2006, 12:50 PM   #1
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The rat race explained

The Rat Race Explained:

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

"Not very long," answered the Mexican.

"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the
American.

The Mexican 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,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 negotiate
directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own
plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico
City, Los Angeles or even New York City! From there you can direct
your huge enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting," answered the
American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can
start selling stocks and make millions!"

"Millions? Really? And after that?"

"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, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends!"
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I'd probably lock or delete this one then (as a mod). Didnt know it had already been posted. It was the first time i saw it, and i wanted to share it with you guys.

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Man, I was too narrow-- I searched for "Mexican", "Harvard", and "MBA".* Good catch...
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Hey, always good to get some perspective from that little anecdote.
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Man, I was too narrow-- I searched for "Mexican", "Harvard", and "MBA". Good catch...
Worse, you must have both been asleep at the wheel on Apr 13, 2006.
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Heh, another one calling for Nords' head! "Bring it on!"
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Which type did you have in mind?

The ones that actually do the work, or the armchair ones that sit in their offices peanut galleries kvetching & kibitzing?

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Heh, another one calling for Nords' head!* "Bring it on!"
Yeah! I'd like to have his head too. It's probably better than the one I have now. At LEAST in appearance.
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Yeah! I'd like to have his head too. It's probably better than the one I have now. At LEAST in appearance.
ESRBob wants it too. He's run out of kids heads to sculpt. And his garage is dang full of dusty naked models with scarves on them.


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And his garage is dang full of dusty naked models with scarves on them.
A naked model would never get dusty around our house...
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