My Uncle's Fishing Story

September 7, 2007 - Get free updates of new posts here

While hanging with my uncle in Israel he told me a great story that relates to all entrepreneurs.

One day a man was enjoying fishing when someone told him to buy another fishing pole so he could catch more fish. Now that he could catch twice as much he took the extra fish, sold them to the store and bought more poles. He kept doing this until he bought a boat. Then with the boat he went out to sea and caught even more fish, sold to store, made even more money. He then created a company, adding more boats, more fish and more money…

One day he sold his fishing empire to someone and made a lot of money. Afterwards, he went back to the dock and kept fishing with just his one pole…

Morale of the story:

1- Fishing is fun.
2- Jews have cool stories
3- If you know what you want to do why waste time with other things.

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7 responses to “My Uncle's Fishing Story

  1. Will Reply

    Wow, you have really bulked up since I last saw you, and purchased a Speedo to boot!

    Really though, funny story, but very true.

    How was Israel?

    Will

  2. Devin Reams Reply

    There are a few versions of this story: The Tourist and the Mexican.

    The American said slowly, “Then you would retire. 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, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos…”

  3. karen Reply

    A few things:
    1. The man was doing what he loved, fishing. It took someone else to encourage him to make a ‘business’ out of it.

    2. I hope that he still enjoyed fishing, even though it became ‘work’ for him. If not, what’s the point?

    3. Glad that he finally brought others in with him. It may have been his passion, but most times you can’t do all the work on your own.

    Love the ending–he still had the enjoyment of fishing, even after the business part of it. So many times, it’s the business part that overrides the passion and enjoyment that started it all.

    Great story. Thanks for sharing and glad Okdork is back. 😉

  4. Jason H. Reply

    welcome back 🙂

    maybe it’s just me, but somehow this story reminds me of the story how Forrest Gump built his shrimp empire…