Once upon a time, there was a lazy fisherman. Every day he would spend hours sitting on the shore, relaxing in his chair, and fish. Since this location was abundant with fish, the fisherman would always go home with a bucket full of fish.
Every day, people would see him arrive, sit down, fish lazily much of the day, and go home with his bucket of fish. Nobody ever saw him do anything else.
One day, one of the observers, who was frustrated with the laziness of this young man, approached him. “What are you doing, sitting there every day, wasting your time and youth like this?”
The young man smiled and said “I like to fish.”
“Fine,” said the other man, “but you’re going about it all wrong. There are so many fish in this area, and you are a strong, young man. You should get yourself a net and gather hundreds of fish in the time it’s taking you to fill that bucket. That’s what I would do.”
The lazy fisherman looks lazily at the other man. “And what would you do next?”
“I would sell my fish in the market for money, make a better life for myself.”
The lazy fisherman leaned back in his chair. “Okay. So you get a net, catch fish and sell them. What do you do after that?”
“I would buy more nets and hire fisherman, start a business, and be even more successful.”
The lazy fisherman reeled in another fish and put the fish in his bucket. “So you buy a net, catch fish, make money to buy more nets and hire people to fish, make more money. And what would you do after that?”
“I would save the money I earned and after several years of hard work I could retire and enjoy all the things I want to do.”
The lazy fisherman looked at the sea and smiled. “That’s what I’m doing now.”