But What Then, Sir? - Pinoy Version

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But What Then, Sir?

- A Filipino version (edited version)

-ini-ayon ni jcombalicer Abril 27, 2010

“Our content seems to be unwavering, yet we exist to strive for…”

          An American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Quezon village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Pinoy on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

   The Pinoy replied, "Only a little while, Sir."
   The American then asked, "Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more fish?"
   The Pinoy said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs.

   The American then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
               The Pinoy fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip lambanog and play guitar with my kumpare. I have a full and busylife, Sir."
                  The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. 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.  Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Manila City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise."

                The Pinoy fisherman asked, "But Sir, how long will this all take?"
                                 To which the American replied, "15-20 years."
"But what then, Sir?"

                        The American 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, Sir? Then what?"

   The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal   fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip lambanog and play your guitar with your kumpare."

   "You mean being a Harvard MBA, you have to go through all that to finally get me to where I already am, Sir?"

- At pagkatapos ng lahat ng pag-pupunyagi at mga ninakaw na sandali na ang buong pamilya ay makapiling mo, magiging isang malaking pangarap na lamang ito…
- (After all the hardship and stolen moments from your family, all of this will be just dream…)

*taken from unknown source the writer does not intent to plagiarist someone else's work.
Photo courtesy of Mr. Jerome Sajise http://gemmasajise.multiply.com/photos/photo/63/92

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