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Old 06-26-19, 09:25 PM
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The truth about this famous quote

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Now the reality.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will be broke and hungry the rest of his life.

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Old 06-27-19, 05:22 AM
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Broke, maybe, but my son, who has gained mad enthusiasm for fishing, has learned certain species make great fish tacos. He doesn't go hungry. Even Hemingway's "old man" managed to eat fish while "battling the sea."
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An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “only a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican 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 Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.” 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 Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15 – 20 years.”

“But what then?” Asked the Mexican.

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 – 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 siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “only a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican 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 Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.” 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 Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15 – 20 years.”

“But what then?” Asked the Mexican.

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 – 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 siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”
Some of my wealthy but very miserable relatives could benefit from this story. I love being the hated outcast that loves fishing and bike riding. I’m happy they are constantly whining and pouting.
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No, it's teach a man to fish and there will be a lot of crappie with freezer burn in the fridge.
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Such language! I hope the mods are in a forgiving mood this morning.



"Hey Beavis. He said 'crappie'."
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Great story, genec
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
Such language! I hope the mods are in a forgiving mood this morning.



"Hey Beavis. He said 'crappie'."
I'd just like to know how they get the salmon to swim into that can.
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As my wife tells the phrase:
"Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and you can get rid of him for the weekend......"
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Now the reality.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will be broke and hungry the rest of his life.
You just took a very meaningful life-long analogy and twisted it into a farce.
Originally Posted by genec View Post
An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “only a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican 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 Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.” 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 Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15 – 20 years.”

“But what then?” Asked the Mexican.

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 – 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 siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”
To take a page from the original post: the last time I checked Mexico was America.

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Some of my wealthy but very miserable relatives could benefit from this story. I love being the hated outcast that loves fishing and bike riding. I’m happy they are constantly whining and pouting.
So money doesn't buy happiness?
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Old 06-28-19, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
You just took a very meaningful life-long analogy and twisted it into a farce.
To take a page from the original post: the last time I checked Mexico was America.



So money doesn't buy happiness?
Nope, but you can buy a lot of fish
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
You just took a very meaningful life-long analogy and twisted it into a farce.
To take a page from the original post: the last time I checked Mexico was America.
Mexico IS part of North America, but it is not "America."

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So money doesn't buy happiness?
No, the pursuit of money doesn't make for happiness. Give me money, no problem. But you failed to read and understand the whole story. Go back grasshopper, and try again.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Mexico IS part of North America, but it is not "America."
Its as much "America" as the U.S. .
No, the pursuit of money doesn't make for happiness. Give me money, no problem. But you failed to read and understand the whole story. Go back grasshopper, and try again.
I understood it very clearly. On the other hand, you failed to understand my point. Your allegory proceeded from an incorrect premise. A U.S. banker would have been more accurate.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Nope, but you can buy a lot of fish
Says you, the price of fish sticks went up and they took about 20 out of the bag.
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When I was 13. I begged my uncle to teach me to fish and he took me out in a boat and I got sea sick (we were in a lake). As soon as we got out my stomach started turning and I wanted to go back to shore. To make matters worse, he was using live bait. Because he had gone through so much trouble and expense I decided to toughed it out.

As luck would have it, I somehow caught the most and biggest fish. In the times later, my godmother would ask if I wanted to go fishing and I'd always say yes. Thing is, I realize I hate fishing. Go figure.

I'm not really a fish eater either (unless I go out), and don't really know how to cook it. I think I've bought and cooked fish once in the past year and that was shrimp.

Thing about the quote above of course, is its not really about fish.

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barf is probably good fish food
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Give a man a fish, feed him for a day.

Take his fish away and tell him he's lucky just to be alive, and he'll figure out how to catch another one for you to take tomorrow.

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barf is probably good fish food
So how come the really experienced, master fishermen all use live bate?
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So how come the really experienced, master fishermen all use live bate?
Because bulimia destroys your teeth
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Great story, genec
Just to set the record straight, I heard this many years ago... so not my tale, but I love it, none the less.
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So how come the really experienced, master fishermen all use live bate?
Wait, did I miss your original joke? What kind of bate would that be called, how would it best be described? It sure wouldn't be amateur-bate
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
You just took a very meaningful life-long analogy
The farce is that some conservative bootstrappers think a pithy, overly simplistic, throw-away saying is a meaningful life-long analogy.
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