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The Parable Of The Fisherman 🎣 Vs. The Businessman 👨🏻‍💼

The Parable Of The Fisherman 🎣 Vs. The Businessman 👨🏻‍💼
By Jamie Lim Yin Yin • Issue #27 • View online
Hi friends!
I’d like to share a story I came across:
A successful businessman on vacation was at the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The fisherman proudly replied, “Every morning, I go out in my boat for 30 minutes to fish. I’m the best fisherman in the village”.
The businessman, perplexed, then asks the fisherman “If you’re the best, why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish? What do you do the rest of the day?”
The fisherman replied “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, spend quality time with my wife, and every evening we stroll into the village to drink wine and play guitar with our friends. I have a full and happy life.”
The businessman scoffed, “I am successful CEO and have a talent for spotting business opportunities. I can help you be more successful. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats with many fishermen. Instead of selling your catch to just your friends, you can scale to sell fish to thousands. You could leave this small coastal fishing village and move to the big city, where you can oversee your growing empire.”
The fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”
To which the businessman replied, “15 – 20 years.”
“But what then?” Asked the fisherman.
The businessman laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!”
“Millions – then what?”
The businessman said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, spend time with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your friends.”
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I’ll be honest, when I finished reading this tale - my first reaction was complete confusion. ‘Huh?'🤔 What was the morale of the story? Who was the one who was 'right’ in this story? It wasn’t really clear to me because I actually resonated with both parties.
The fisherman clearly prioritized his happiness and time with his family - basically living in the now, whereas the businessman was much more future focused - intent on scaling his business to make money to secure his future.
After more thought on this, here are my key takeaways from the story:
1) Lesson from the Fisherman🎣 
As much as we are future focused - building plans and working towards a better, richer life, we need to be appreciating the now and be content with what we have. Perhaps we actually already have what we truly want. If you think about it, you’re actually currently living in the part of your life you used to look forward to the most.
The concept of having ‘enough’ is one that eludes many people - because the world mostly believes along: NEW = BETTER! MORE = BETTER! Is it really? Do you really need the latest phone, even if your current phone is working just fine?
2) Lesson from the Businessman👨🏻‍💼:
Let’s be real. As much as we’d like to live a simple life like the fisherman - he probably doesn’t have to worry about cost of living in a city where we have to spend money, and have bills to pay.
So I think it’s fair for the businessman to think big and scale the fishing business because putting in the hard work, and getting your money to work for you gives you to freedom to live the life you want.
It’s all about balance. Learn to be content now while preparing for the future. You can, and should do both. Remember to define your own definition of happiness, because it looks different for everyone.
My question to you: Who do you think is better off in this story? Let me know!
Till next week!
Jamie

My Favourite Things This Week 💛
Article - Pursue Mastery, Not Status by Lawrence Yeo (More To That)
source: https://moretothat.com/pursue-mastery-not-status/
source: https://moretothat.com/pursue-mastery-not-status/
I think every person struggles with the issue of status - I definitely do, especially at the workplace. We measure ourselves based on the goals / KPIs set for our scope of role - and when we see other people get promoted - we get demoralized because we often think we’re not doing a good enough job because we inevitably end up comparing ourselves to them.
This quickly devolves into a hierarchical way of thinking because anytime progress is standardized, a status game is reinforced.
Status games are fundamentally flawed for this very reason. One’s position on the totem pole is always relative to someone else’s, so if you’re vying for status, you won’t ever be able to truly create things for your own sake. You will always look for someone else to elevate you up this pole, and will seek the admiration and approval of others to justify your position at all times.
Mastery is the quest to improve yourself as an end in itself. Comparisons are not made with other people, but only with prior versions of yourself. 
Status is obtained by collecting attention, whereas mastery is achieved by refining intuition. Status is always relational, so external validation is a prerequisite to feeling secure. Mastery, on the other hand, is gauged by your unique sense of progress, which can only be derived from within.
By pursuing mastery, you march to the beat of your own drum, while ensuring that the quality of that drum continues to improve over time.
So pursue mastery, not status!
Got to know of James through his Ted Talk (A Perspective on Fat Loss) - and his talk intrigued me to a point where I decided to pick his book up to read last year (Not A Diet Book), and I sped through it! It really wasn’t your typical book on fat loss (etc. how to lose 10% body fat fast) - rather it focused on issues around the fitness industry, and very practical advice on how everyone in the world should look at fitness. It changed my mindset on my own goals as well.
Instead of aiming for a certain body fat % for those 6 pack abs which also requires a ton of discipline with food, I’ve instead opted to aim for for performance driven goals. Within a few months of injuring my back, I was able to work with my trainer to recover, and also hit my goal of deadlifting a 100kgs!
So once I saw the pre-order for this book: Not A Life Coach, I immediately ordered it! In the previous book, James talks about everything below the neck (physical) and he turns his focus to everything above the neck (mental) in this book. He has drawn lots of wisdom from familiar books I have read / want to read - and relates it to his life. An easy read, and I’m sure anyone who is searching for mental clarity will enjoy reading this.
Video Of The Week 🎥
3 virtual interview tips in 60 seconds! #shorts
3 virtual interview tips in 60 seconds! #shorts
This week’s homework was focused on creating a short, concise YouTube Short - basically a video under 1 minute. Kicked off my first video on recruitment tips - please watch it, and give it a like 👍🏽 and subscribe to my channel here if you haven’t yet done so! I welcome any feedback and comments for improvement as well 🙏🏼
Kindle Highlight Of The Week 📖
Authenticity and Transparency are actually 2 of my personal values. I do find honesty attractive because that means there isn't any motive or agenda behind the person's actions. Sometimes you can just tell by the person's vibes, y'know?
Authenticity and Transparency are actually 2 of my personal values. I do find honesty attractive because that means there isn't any motive or agenda behind the person's actions. Sometimes you can just tell by the person's vibes, y'know?
Photo Of The Week 📷
Meet my childhood best friend: Hitomi! She came over the other day and had dinner with her mom, and we finally kinda caught up on life. Definitely a friend that I've not had enough time with, so I'm going to make the effort to keep in touch <3
Meet my childhood best friend: Hitomi! She came over the other day and had dinner with her mom, and we finally kinda caught up on life. Definitely a friend that I've not had enough time with, so I'm going to make the effort to keep in touch <3
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My name is Jamie and I’m a Googler based in Singapore 🇸🇬. I love exploring topics on mindful productivity 📈, personal development 🌱and intentional living 🖌️🎨 to help Gen Z & millennials navigate life. Every week, I send out a newsletter with learnings I've encountered throughout the week and share them to help folks around the world lead a happy and healthier life!

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