What's Enough to you?


If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. —Oprah Winfrey

How much is enough?


I heard a great Brazilian parable on Tim Ferris’s “4-hour workweek” audiobook yesterday that beautifully highlights the concept of enough.


There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village. As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish.

The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”

The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”

“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.

“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.

The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”

The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”


The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman.

“I am a PhD in business management. I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village and to Sao Paulo, where you can set up HQ to manage your other branches.”


The fisherman continues, “And after that?”

The businessman laughs heartily, “After that, you can live like a king in your own house, and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich.”

The fisherman asks, “And after that?”

The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!”

The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”


Isn’t it interesting the businessman’s beliefs about how you become successful in your life?


He sees that you need to work to get to the point where rest and relaxation is allowed.


We all view ‘success’ and ‘enough’ differently.


What is viewed as being enough for one person is no where near enough for another.


And that’s OK.


 

Emma Taberner is a qualified Leadership and Executive Coach, Facilitator and self-confessed Human Behaviour nerd. Having spent 20 years in the Supply Chain industry and 10 years coaching and mentoring frontline leaders, she is passionate about helping small business owners grow their business by harnessing people power. Supporting leaders and their teams to understand how behavioural flexibility will determine their effectiveness in business, relationships and in life. Emma works with groups and individuals online and face to face.

When she’s not building future leaders you can find her flying small planes, being in the outdoors, growing her own food and hanging out with her husband of over 20 years.



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