How much is enough?

Posted: 11th May, 2023 in Business start-up, Case Studies, Cash and finance, Communications, Motivation, Personal effectiveness, Tips & Tricks, Training and mentoring

Have you ever heard the story by the Indian Priest and Psychotherapist Anthony Demello about the Industrialist and the Fisherman? 

It’s a beautiful, yet thought provoking parable that eloquently describes the importance of having enough – just like it’s title. 

I heard the tale many years ago and I have to admit, it’s one of those anecdotes that caught in my throat and stuck with me ever since. The heart of the story centres around teaching us to find a balance between money and life. 

Some people believe that employees are primarily motivated by money. Whilst this may be true some of the time, there is lots of research to prove that it is not always the case.

In fact, renowned American Psychologist Frederick Herberg showed in his two-factor theory that employees are more likely to be motivated by recognition, achievement and job satisfaction.

This is definitely true, especially when the individual’s immediate needs are fulfilled and they feel they have enough to live relatively comfortably. As a result, they are more likely to be motivated by a certain lifestyle, free time, autonomy and flexibility.

I went looking for the piece recently and realised how prevalent it still is today, even though it was written over 40 years ago in the book “The Song of the Bird”

I don’t know about you, but I believe this fable is one of life’s amazing lessons - enjoy.

The story goes….

The rich industrialist from the North was horrified to find the Southern fisherman lazily beside his boat, smoking a pipe.

“Why aren’t you out fishing?” said the industrialist.

“Because I have caught enough fish for the day”; said the fisherman.

“Why don’t you catch some more?”

“What would I do with them?”

“You could earn more money,” was the industrialist’s reply.“With that you could have a motor fixed to your boat and go into deeper waters and catch more fish. Then you would make enough money to buy nylon nets. These would bring you more fish and more money. Soon you would have enough money to own two boats…maybe even a fleet of boats. Then you would be a rich man like me.”

“What would I do then?” asked the fisherman.

“Then you could really enjoy life.”

"What do you think I am doing right now?”

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