The story below about the mexican fisherman is beautiful and really makes you think about the stressful lives we live everyday. The story reminds me as well about myself and my FI journey. It makes me ask questions like:
-Why am I grinding so hard for that 9-5 life I don’t love?
-Why can’t I just live a life more truly aligned with my values?
-What would happen if I worked less at my day job, and more on this blog and try starting a business?
What if I only worked three days a week? Maybe I would think of the day job as more fun then? As a result of this I would get two whole days free to fill with excatly what I wanted.
Like Malcom Gladwell in “Outliers” said: “You need to work 10.000 hours on something before you become an expert”. And there’s a sure thing I will not become an expert of anything else than my boring day job if I continue like this.
As I wrote about in my last post, I’ve reduced my route to financial independence from 15 to 8 years. But 8 years full time work is for sure a long time.
That means 8 new years barely working towards my passions at all. But do I want that?
Why failing is the way to success
My fiancee asked me the other day about what I am so afraid of. The truth is that I’m a coward. All my life I have chosen the safest paths. And my Route 2 FI is also the same: safe.
But what if I mixed that up? What if I actually took a chance? All I’m thinking about is what could go wrong. But I should change my mindset to “What if I succeed?” Because there is also a chance that I will not fail.
And if I do fail? So what? It will take me longer time to reach financial independence, I will have a smaller salary (temporary, because I can always go back to full time work) and maybe some friends and family will think I’m crazy.
But at least I’m doing something for myself. Something aligned with my values.
And even if I end up working 3 days a week, I sure will hit FI one day, because I need very little in my life to feel rich. In fact I got everything in life that makes me happy, except for time.
It’s really starting to make sense to me now why I got almost 9 years of university studies, before I entered the work force in a 9 – 5 job for the first time when I was 28 years old. Because I loved learning new things, and I already knew that 9-5 was a prison which I couldn’t escape. In the prison I learned what others wanted me to learn (and repeated that), not what I was passionate about myself.
So what if I become a little more like the “Mexican Fisherman”? As a result I would have more time to pursue my passions and projects in life, and less dreadful work. I think I even would manage to save 1200 $ every month to my FI journey with 3 job days a week.
And maybe, but only maybe, I will have success. And if I fail, at least I tried.
Here’s the story that inspired me to write this post. Enjoy!
An American businessman took a vacation to a small coastal Mexican village on doctor’s orders. Unable to sleep after an urgent phone call from the office the first morning, he walked out to the pier to clear his head. A small boat with just one fisherman had docked, and inside the boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish.
“How long did it take you to catch them?” the American asked.
“Only a little while,” the Mexican fisherman replied in surprisingly good English.
“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” the American then asked.
“I have enough to support my family and give a few to friends,” the Mexican said as he unloaded them into a basket.
“But… What do you do with the rest of your time?
The Mexican fisherman looked up and smiled. “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Julia, and stroll into the village each evening, where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, señor.”
The American laughed and stood tall. “Sir, I’m an Harvard M.B.A. and can help you. You should spend more time fishing, and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. In no time, you could buy several boats with the increased haul. Eventually, you would have a fleet of fishing boats.”
He continued, “Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the consumers, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village, of course, and move to Mexico City, then to Los Angeles, and eventually to New York City, where you could run your expanded enterprise with proper management.
The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, señor, how long will all this take?”
To which the American replied, “15-20 years, 25 tops.”
“But what then, señor?”
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 señor? But then what?”
“Then you would retire and move to a small coastal fishing village, where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, and stroll in to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos…”
I would love to hear from you on this one, as I really consider working fewer days a week.
Is there any others that are seeking FI and working part time or doing barista FIRE?
What do you think about the story? Do you feel the same way as me on this subject?
Feel free to contact me at: post@route2FI.com or comment something below.
Until next time!