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day a fisherman from Limassol was lying on the beach, with his fishing pole propped
up in the sand and his solitary line cast out into the sparkling blue surf. He
was enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun and the prospect of catching a fish.
About that time, a London stockbroker came walking down the beach, trying to relieve
some of the stress of his workdays in the City. He noticed the fisherman sitting
on the beach and decided to find out why this fisherman was fishing instead of
working harder to make a living for himself and his family.
"You aren't going to catch many fish that way," said the stockbroker to the fisherman,
"You should be working rather than lying on the beach!"
The fisherman looked up at the stockbroker, smiled and replied, "And what will
my reward be?"
can get nets and catch more fish!" was the stockbroker's answer.
"And then what will my reward be?" asked the fisherman, still smiling.
The stockbroker replied, "You will make money and you'll be able to buy a boat,
which will then result in larger catches of fish!"
"And then what will my reward be?" asked the fisherman again.
stockbroker was beginning to get a little irritated with the fisherman's questions.
"You can buy a bigger boat, and hire some people to work for you!" he said.
"And then what will my reward be?" repeated the fisherman.
stockbroker was getting angry. "Don't
you understand? You can build up a fleet
of fishing boats, sail all over the
world, and let all your employees catch
fish for you! And with the right moves,
one day you can go public and join the
again the fisherman asked, "And then what will my reward be?"
The stockbroker was red with rage and shouted at the fisherman, "Don't you understand
that you can become so rich that you will never have to work for your living again!
You can spend all the rest of your days sitting on this beach, looking at the
sunset. You won't have a care in the world!"
The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, "And what do you think I'm doing