I think this can be applied to any profession…even DJing and music making!
A travelling businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Irish village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.
Inside the small boat were several large salmon.
He complimented the Irishman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The Irishman replied, “Only a little while.”
The businessman then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish.
The Irishman said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.
The businessman asked, “What do you do the rest of the time?”
The Irish fisherman said, “I fish a little, feed the animals, play
with my children, take a wee nap with my wife, Mary, and stroll down
to the village pub each evening where I drink a stout and play the flute
with my friends. I have a full and busy life.”
The businessman scoffed, “I am a Vanderbilt MBA and I could help you.
You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger
boat. 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
processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the
product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this
small coastal fishing village and move to Dublin where you will run your expanding enterprise.”
The Irish fisherman asked, “Sure, how long will this all take now?”
To which the businessman replied, “15-20 years.”
“But what then?”
The businessman 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! Then what?”
“Why then you could retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village
where you would fish a little, feed the animals, play with your
grandkids, take a nap with your wife, and stroll down to the village
pub in the evenings where you could drink a stout and play your
flute with your friends.”
Be Professional and strive for excellence, but don’t get so wrapped up that you lose the joy of what you do, or forget the important things in life like your family.