Define Your Success
In a small Mexican village, a tourist complimented some local fishermen on the quality of their fish and asked how long it took him to make their catch. They told him that it only took a couple of hours a day, and that their small catches were sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families. The tourist then asked the fisherman what they did with the rest of their time. They explained they sleep late, played with their children, took afternoon siestas, and in the evenings spent time with friends.
The tourist couldn’t believe his ears and informed the fishermen that he had a MBA from Harvard and that could help them by showing them how if they fished longer each day they would have extra fish to sell. With the extra revenue they could buy more boats, hire people, and eventually open their own processing plant. Once all that was in place, the fishermen could start focusing on investing their money and possibly make millions of dollars, allowing them to be able to leave their little village and move to Mexico City or Los Angeles, where they could direct their enterprise. When the fishermen asked what would they do after all of that, the tourist replied “You will be able to retire, live in a small village near the coast, sleep late, play with your kids, take long siestas, and spend evenings with your friends.”
“Isn’t that what we are doing now?” replied the fishermen.
The moral of this story is: Success looks different for everyone. Understand your definition of success; who knows, you may already achieved it.