1. That is a remarkably good parable. We chase it and chase it until it runs away and then we may not ever get it. Or we may have it Already, and not recognize it.

    John DeFlumeri Jr

  2. This is one of my favorite stories! I think it is so ironic.

  3. The version I read in a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop in River Falls, WI specifically refers to a Harvard MBA. It also mentions catching several large tuna, instead of just large fish.

    But, the moral of the story is still the same regardless of how the story itself is tweaked.

  4. @Jeff – There are various differences in details – none of which are important. However, the message is very important. I repeat – very important. Too many people confuse what the real goal is when building wealth and living life. This little parable expresses it more clearly than most.

  5. This parable is right on the money. It really puts the pursuit of wealth in perspective. However, my question is this: what if the banker actually enjoyed the whole journey of achieving that level of success? For him, the adventure of eventually getting down to that village would be worth it!

  6. Great parable about not being greedy and taking what the market gives you! Does not hurt to learn how to cut your losses too…

  7. Lol! So very true! Too often we forget once the main expenses in life are paid, life doesn’t need to be complicated to fulfill happiness.

  8. Great parable! I know a lot of people get involved in entrepreneurship or investing because they want to “make as much money as possible.” I once heard a wise entrepreneur challenge this mindset. He asked, “how much money do you really need to make?” He then went on to show how most people cannot reasonably consume any more than $9K a month. That comes to less than $110K per year. You don’t need to be a millionaire to be happy. Being a millionaire just means you have more responsibility–which may or may not be your calling in life.


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