The Golden Years

For most Americans, the Lottery is their only real solution to a retirement life of luxury.  The American Dream fell beside the way a long, long time ago.  Our elected officials they promise us change, but unfortunately, our life savings amount to a small coffee can on top of the refrigerator and that is about it.

 Allow me to tell you about the Mexican Fisherman.

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.   “Not very long,” answered the Mexican.

“But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American.

The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs … I have a full life.”

The American interrupted, “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you.”

“You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.”

“Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge enterprise.”

“How long would that take?” asked the Mexican.

“Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the American.

“And after that?”

“Afterwards? That’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the American, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!”

“Millions? Really? And after that?”

“After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends!”

Now if you are like most folks you have more month than you have money here lately.  I know that is true in my case, all of the time.  If you have found yourself a little bit short of coin, or outta scrilla as the youngsters say, this might explain it in more detail.

It is an eye opener for sure.


3 thoughts on “The Golden Years

  1. The video makes an excellent presentation of the facts. I’m sure most people have no idea just how much wealth is concentrated at the top in this country. It’s time to take measures to create opportunities for everyone, not just to top 1 %.


  2. I have to compare the “Mexican” story as to what’s happening to us “baby boomers” and others that are depending a lot on our social security checks that come in monthly DS.
    As to what the American is suggesting to the Mexican, my first “real” job was at the A&W Rootbeer Stand in Hayward, CA. From there to the USAF for three years, then roughly 40+ years on the working market. Like a great deal of working folk, I paid into that Social Security bucket for all of those 40+ years. Started thinking about that money when I got to be 50-55 years of age. Just knew I’d make it to retirement age, which I did, and thought everything would be fine, with the wife following right behind me a year or so later.
    Going into the S.S. office to do my filing and all, I was soundly shocked at the amount I was going to receive on a monthly basis ! That certainly deluded my American Dream a great deal.
    Now, what with our wonderful “politicians” who by the way, have taken care of themselves FOR LIFE, one has to wonder what’s going to happen when they continually mess with that money that a lot of us worked our butts off for?


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