The Parable of The Costa Rican Fisherman And The Banker

First, The Parable of The Costa Rican Fisherman And The Banker (via

I find this story fascinating.  The work ethic of the fisherman contrasted with the entrepreneurship of the Banker, brings home the lesson of knowing what is important and how to go about getting it.

The story also remind me of a Chinese saying, “fallen leafs  return back to their root.” or perhaps its Disney version, “Circle of Life.”   What does it mean to you?

In any event, hope you enjoyed it.

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2 Responses to The Parable of The Costa Rican Fisherman And The Banker

  1. Great to see the repost, RWB. As you mention, the parable is a fascinating challenge of the way that we tend to think today – build it bigger, be a success, then retire vs. just retire now. Personally, I’m exploring the “how” to live life like the Costa Rican fisherman. Is it faith, courage, lack of fear, peace, security in non-material things? Wondering what is the secret ingredient? And, why does it seem that most of us lack this ingredient today? Why are we so fixated and determined to build it the way of the MBA? Appreciate your sharing in the exploration. Have a great week!


    • terryshen says:

      Thanks Joe for your comment. May I suggest the secret ingredient perhaps is Contentment. It is rare in today’s material world and the capitalistic society we live. Too many temptations and bigger is usually associated with better. But nevertheless Contentment does exist.
      I leave you with this Buddha quote, In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.


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