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This issue keeps popping up, and it keeps making me shake my head in total disbelief that people can be so, well, politely, dumb. Hopefully this cartoon I’ve created will shine the big spotlight on the dumb.

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An American businessman was standing at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow-fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish. “How long it took you to catch them?” The American asked.

“Only a little while.” The Mexican replied.

“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” The American then asked.

“I make enough to support my family’s immediate needs.” The Mexican said.

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

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, go out and fish a little, play with my wonderful children, take a siesta with my beautiful wife, Maria, and then stroll into the village each evening where I go to the Cantina, sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life, senor.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds you buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.” “Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the consumers, eventually opening your own can factory. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then, senor?”

The American laughed and said, “Well, when the time is right you would announce an IPO (Initial Public Offering) and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions, senor? Then what?”

The American said slowly, “Then would come the best part: you would be able to RETIRE”.

“Retire, Senor?”

“Yes, retire. You then can be free to move to a small coastal fishing village where you could sleep late, go out and do a little fishing, play with your wonderful kids, take a siesta with your wife if you want, and then stroll into the village in the evenings to a Cantina where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos…”