Ebay Sales, Reaching 400 Items And How To Automatically Increase Your Selling Limits

4/18/15

So I’ll start by listing last week’s Ebay Sales (4/5 – 4/11)

Total Sales:  $139.50
Items sold:  11
Average price sold:  $12.68
Highest price item:  5 Disc CD Changer
Cost of good sold:  $4.50

Last week was nothing to write home about, but I like to see the numbers.  A lot of the items that sold were free that my hubby scavenged.  And several of them were ones that I have tons of and I just keep relisting.  I’d rather relist than offer a large quantity as that helps with new listings (supposedly keeps you higher in search results), but I also want to create demand, don’t want people thinking there are many available.

I’m so excited, and I just cannot hide it (singing in my head). 

Last night I reached 400 items in my store.  I don’t recall how long it’s taken this part-time seller to get there, but at one point last year, I think I was at 87 items.  My goal is to get to 500 items soon.

400 listingsI wish all of those items were higher dollar items, but they aren’t.  And I’m totally okay with that.  I also have a lot of unlisted inventory from when I first started that may not bring in much money.  But I truly can’t bring myself to donate items if I know I can make a few bucks on them.  It really doesn’t take long to photograph and list items, I just have to do it.

How to automatically increase your selling limits on Ebay.

ebay selling limit increasedSo when I got to about 320 listings, I decided to upgrade my basic store subscription to the premium one.  I checked the Fee Illustrator and it was going to be cheaper for me now that my listings were increasing.  And as soon as I upgraded, I got the message above.  I’m not a new seller, but I did have to call Ebay once this year asking for a selling increase.  And then I got a an increase again simply by upgrading my store subscription.  That will save me a phone call once I hit 700 items.  :)

WeirdBay

I thought it’d be fun to list some weird things I’ve come across on Ebay.

tonailThis isn’t just weird…it’s just gross!!  So I’m thinking, why would this guy list this?  Maybe he’s trying to up his new listings?  LOL

I also came across this one:

ebay pic to followI was curious and did check back tomorrow.  This image was still on there.  LOL.  I don’t recall what they were trying to sell though. I saved this on my desktop a little while ago and forgot to post it and now don’t remember what it was.

So what’s happening on the Ebay front with you guys?

The 3 Things I Always Look For At A Thrift To Resell On Ebay When I’m In A Hurry

Whenever we are traveling for any reason (to go shopping, for our kids’ activities, parties or adventures), I always try to find a Thrift Store that I can run into.

Why am I always on the hunt for a local thrift to stop in?  Because this way I can write off the miles as a business expense.  Since I have to travel somewhere, why not expense it?  This gives you a nice deduction on your taxes.  For 2015, the deduction is 57.5 cents per mile.  So if you have to go somewhere that’s 15 miles away (30 miles round trip) and you stop in at a thrift and find some inventory, that’s a $17.25 deduction on your taxes.  So if you make $50 selling on Ebay that day, that’s $17.25 that will be a deduction against your earnings.  (I am not a tax expert, so please talk to your accountant for actual tax advice).

Most times when we are out, I really don’t have much time to look for inventory, but there are 3 things that I can spend 5 minutes looking for.

1.  Microwave Turntable Plates

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You can view the Ebay completeds here to see what most go for.  I have most of mine priced at $19.99 plus shipping.  And any plate up to 13″ in size, I add 5lbs for shipping, anything larger I add 6lbs shipping.  I will always check the plate number on ebay as some can go for about $40 plus shipping.  I have them priced at $20 because I’d like to move them out.  Some folks price high and wait for that special customer to come along…and if you’re the only one selling that plate, you’ll get your asking price.  Mine are competitively priced.

I have been accumulating these plates for about 3 years and finally took the time about a week ago to wash them all, photograph them and list them.  I had accumulated about 50 of these plates and have already sold 2 of them.  I pick them up anywhere from $.99 to about $4.  They are cheaper at church sales and more expensive at thrifts.

How do I package them?  Well, they get bubble wrapped and we ship them in boxes that we make ourselves.  We also tape them to the inside of the box to prevent any movement.  I’ve heard of people shipping them in Pizza Boxes, but I think that’s crazy!

2.  Mugs

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Funny that both of the mugs I sold this year were Starbucks mugs. Some go for more than others.  The first one I added shipping as there weren’t many of that design available when I listed mine.  The 2nd one I had free shipping on it as there were many of that design and I wanted to stay competitive on price.  Since it’s Throwback Thursday, I thought I would share my garage sale Starbucks mug that I found and sold for over $265.50 plus shipping.

I like mugs as they are cheap and easy to ship.  I try to pick up mugs that are unique and interesting.  They can be vintage, used, new…it doesn’t matter.

And I know that some people think this is crazy, but this is how I ship my mugs most of the time.  Been doing it for about 3 years and have never had an issue.  :)  Here’s a video that shows you how to do it by Jason Smith of Thrifting With The Boys (Thrift Hunters).  The only thing I do differently is that I’ve never used the priority box to wrap around the mug, I use thicker cardboard.

3.  Ties

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I love ties, they are cheap, easy to store and easy and cheap to ship.  This one I took a best offer of $18 on.  I normally have best offer auto accept at $15 and auto decline under $15.  They are usually under 3 oz and cost a little over $2 to ship.  I normally don’t buy brand name ties, but sometimes will come across one that is like new and really nice.  But I typically stick to interesting novelty ties, especially vintage ones.

So these are the 3 items I check for in every thrift store I go to.  There usually aren’t tons of these items to go through so you can get in and out very quickly. (Accept for the mug section at Salvation Army – I find that area a bit overwhelming with tons of mugs.)

Are there items or sections that you always check for at the thrift?

Ebay Selling News & Make Sure You Use Fragile Stickers

I will start off with my sales for the week of Feb 22 – 28

Total Items in Store: 337
Items Sold: 12
Cost of Items Sold: $23
Total Sales: $279.92
Highest Price Sold: $39.99 (set of 2 video head cleaners)
Average Price Sold: $23.32
International Sales: 1
Returns: 1 Partial (actually a half refund on a salt/shaker set. The salt shaker was broken)
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0

I’ve been very happy with my numbers recently.  I’ve been listing more consistently and it’s been paying off.  (Well I should say more consistently than last year, however, I have not listed in a couple of weeks).

To Separate A Set Or Not

So a couple of weeks ago I went to an estate sale and bought a cute vintage handpainted kitchen canister set.

IMG_8251Maybe an hour after I listed this I received an email from a buyer asking if I would consider separating the salt & pepper shakers from the set, and if so, what I wanted for them.

Well, I was unsure if I should or not.  I had this set listed for $99.  I’ve seen the individual canisters sell for about $22 each.  I figured why not, but then didn’t know what to ask for them. I thought I might ask $24.99 for them.  But then I figured I would ask them what they are willing to pay for them and that would determine whether or not I would separate them.

I’m glad I didn’t give them a price.  They messaged me back saying that would pay $35 plus shipping for the salt & pepper shakers.  DEAL!  I’m glad that when I took these photos, I photographed them all together, just the four large ones and the S&P shakers separately.  It was easy enough to do and relist them.  They bought them right away.  I was happy as I left the large canisters still at $99 or BO.  I only paid $12 bucks for the whole set.

Sometimes my brain doesn’t work.

So I shipped these out and a few days later get a message from the buyer and the attached photo:

broken salt shakerThe salt shaker broke.  I thought I did a good job packing these and was confident they’d be okay.  However, I failed to write FRAGILE on the package. (I’ve since ordered the stickers…instead of writing it with a marker..now only to remember to put them on.)  Grrr.

I asked them if they wanted to return them for a full refund or keep the one and get a half refund.  They chose a 1/2 refund so I still made $17.50 on this transaction.

Google Translate for your Ebay business.

I’ve been using the Global Shipping Program and really like it.  I recently sold some VHS Video Head Cleaners to a buyer in Germany and received feedback from the buyer.  It was positive, but I had no idea what he wrote.  I’ve sold many items internationally and most buyers do speak some English and usually leave English feedback.

But this time I had to consult with my trusty Google Translate.  Here’s what he wrote:

google translate feedbackGlad they made it to Germany ok.  Thank you GSP!

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to comment!

 

Easy Home-Made Bagels – Made By My 13 Year Old Son

easy-homemade-bagelsHave you ever made home-made bagels?  No?  Me neither!  But boy am I glad that I came across this recipe from the Prudent Homemaker yesterday.  These are the yummiest bagels ever.

And How did I get my 13 year old son to make them for me?  Well, by limiting his screen time, of course!!  His 15 year old brother is actually the one that loves to bake and cook, but he’s been experimenting with muffins, cookies and the like.  And yesterday he was all excited to try to do something else.  And I’m so glad he did.  The picture above is all that was left out of 16 bagels he made yesterday.

And today he begged me to allow him to make some more!  Am I a lucky Mom or what?!  So I will be freezing most of the ones he made today.  The following pics are from today.  They may not be as pretty as the Prudent Homemaker’s, but they are perfect to me!

bagels2home-made-bagels-2The following recipe was copied from the Prudent Homemaker site, my notes are in bold and italics.

Makes 16 large bagels

Dough:
- 3 cups warm water   (it should be between 105º-110º, but we just used warm tap   water..enough to feel warm on your fingers, but not too hot or else it will kill the yeast)
- 4 tbsp yeast
- ¼ cup sugar
- 5 tsp salt
- 7 cups All-Purpose Flour
Here are some toppings you can use  (however, I didn’t have any of these so my son made the plain ones): Dried onions, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, kosher salt, dried cranberries, etc
Glaze (this is for getting a wonderful golden color when baking):
1 egg white
1 Tbsp water

In a large mixing bowl, pour water and yeast. Stir to dissolve, and leave for a few minutes until yeast has bubbled.  We mixed ours up and it really didn’t bubble, but it was fine anyway!

Stir in sugar and salt. Add flour.

Stir with a wooden spoon to make a thick batter. When it becomes difficult to stir, remove dough from bowl and work with your hands on the counter. Knead dough for about 8 minutes. This was the most fun for our son.  It’s like playing with a large amount of play dough.  Who wouldn’t want to do that?

NOTE:  If you want to add cranberries, raisins, cinnamon sugar, etc, to all or some of the dough, you can add it to all or part of the dough while kneading. If it is only for some of the bagels, let them rise in a separate bowl.

Lightly flour bowl. Return dough to bowl. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.  We didn’t use plastic wrap, just a damp cloth.

While the dough is rising, spray two baking sheets with Pam. We don’t really buy this stuff, so we use a pasty brush and spread either canola oil on the pan or rub some butter on the pan.  Fill a large pot with water and add a Tbsp of sugar to help give the bagels a nice sheen.

Whisk together water and egg white for glaze and set aside.

If you are using dried onions, soak the amount that you want to use in water and set aside until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 450º.

When dough has finished rising, turn dough out onto a floured counter and push it flat (about 2 inches thick).

With a dough scraper, divide the dough into 16 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball.  We found it easier just to take the square pieces and tuck the corners under to create a bagel shape.  My son tried making balls, but they didn’t want to hold their shape.

With your thumb, press deep into the center of the ball, and tear open a hole with your fingers.

Place formed bagels together on the work surface, cover with a damp towel and leave until dough is slightly raised—about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring your water to a low boil. Gently lift bagels, one at a time, and lower into the hot water. Do not do more than 2 or 3 at a time. Cook for about a minute, then flip them over in the water using a slotted spatula, and cook for another 30 seconds. Lift out with the slotted spatula, and place on your baking sheet.

Repeat with all the bagels. Brush with egg glaze and dress them up with the toppings of your choice before popping them in the oven.

Bake for about 30 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. Keep an eye on them so that the bottoms don’t burn. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack.

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So there you have it.  It’s not hard at all.  This is the 2nd time my son has made them and has informed me that he no longer needs to look at the directions and can now make them easily.

These bagels are easy to make, taste amazing and are really inexpensive too.  I haven’t actually totaled the cost, but it is pennies.  And you should see the sense of pride on your kid’s face when everyone is scarfing them down and can’t get enough.

Let me know if you guys give these a try.  You really should.  Nothing better than the taste and smell of home baked bread!

1st Bonanza Sale & A Question For Other Bonanza Sellers

Okay, so I finally got around to importing my Ebay store into Bonanza and finalized everything a couple of weeks ago.  So I was very excited to get my first sale.

1st saleHowever, I guess I had a default checked somewhere to get approval before a sale.  So when I got the email that an sale was pending, I went it an approved it.  I noticed that nothing was marked for shipping, but figured it would automatically add the shipping at checkout.  Well, when the payment came through paypal, it did not include the shipping. What did I do wrong?

I have since changed the setting so that I don’t have to approve a sale.  And I checked and I have USPS shipping marked on all items.  So what happened in this situation.  Was it because I approved it without adding shipping to it?  A newby mistake?

It cost me $7.71 to ship this big and heavy Cookie Jar.  Luckily it was in my state and not going across the country.  It would have been a much costlier learning experience.

If you guys have any tips for this Bonanza newby, I’d love to hear.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

A Problem Changing My Ebay Store Name

I’ve been wanting to change the name of my Ebay store name for a long time, but was never happy with anything.  Hubby and I went out of town right before the new year and came up with a name that we were both happy with.  So I changed the name of the store, the logo and banner to the following:

store name changeI thought I was all set with the new change, until I recently realized that my URL was still listed as the old store name.  Here are the instructions for those that would like to change the name.  More details are here on Ebay’s page.

store name change3I spent some time a couple of weeks back trying to figure out how to change the URL and I couldn’t. After spending a long while doing research and coming up with nothing, I thought that perhaps the problem may be the fact that I had originally created the store with the old store design and tried changing it with the new store design.  I had nothing to lose so I reverted back to the old store.

store name change2This is located to the right of your banner when you click on the little store icon next to your name.  When I did that, here’s what was showing:

store name change 1The OLD store information.  You cannot change this information unless you revert back to the old store.  Then you can modify it and it will automatically change the URL for you as well.

In case anyone else ever decides to change their name, this is how you need to do it in order for all the information to change.  Hope this helps someone as it took me like 2 weeks to figure out.

Happy Sales!

40 Things About Me

I’ve seen a couple of my blog friends do this for their birthdays, so naturally I’m copying it and doing the same for my 40th birthday.

These are in random order and listed as they came to me.  Sorry.  I’ve started this list over a week ago and just finished it today, the day AFTER my birthday!

 

  1. I dreamed of paying off our debt early and giving away 40 copies of the Total Money Makeover book for my 40th birthday. Didn’t happen. Oh well. We are kicking ass. Over $85K paid off since Jan 2013.
  2. Lived in a 2 room house and had an outhouse until I was 6.5
  3. Graduated with an MBA at age 23
  4. Got married at 21
  5. Had my first kid at 24
  6. Have lived in 2 countries and 7 cities
  7. Have been with my hubby since we were 16 years old (it’ll be 24 years together this April).
  8. I love British TV. My favorites being Doctor Who and the new Sherlock Holmes.
  9. I’ve had this dream ever since I was a kid to hop a cargo train and take a ride across country.
  10. I get up at 5 every morning.
  11. I studied in Vienna, Austria for a semester in college, traveled to Spain, Hungary and France
  12. While in Barcelona Spain, was walking down the street and met a girl that I took the train with every morning back in the US (it’s a small world).
  13. I am fluent in Polish. I can read it, speak it and write it. Unfortunately, none of my kids can. But at least they can understand it..mostly!
  14. I was born in Poland and emigrated to the US at the age of 6.5
  15. While growing up in Poland, we lived on a homestead.
  16. Became a US citizen in 1996.
  17. I own and operate a portrait studio.
  18. I love reading and learning about simple living, personal finance, ebay selling, homesteading and homemaking.
  19. My past jobs have included waitressing at a restaurant, sales clerk at a bakery, legal secretary, paralegal, district manager and a financial planning firm and now a photographer and ebay seller.
  20. I really want to move out to the country and homestead.
  21. My Dad was approved a Visa to come to the US when I was 2 weeks old. It took my Mom, brother and I over 6 years to get approved for a Visa to the Us. So I was 6.5 yo when I first met my Dad.
  22. I’m fairly tall at 5′ 11″. Over 6 feet with heels! :) We’re all tall. Hubby is 6’3″, oldest is 6’7″ tall, my 13yo is 6′ and my 9yo is 5’1″.
  23. Come from a family of entrepreneurs. My dad is now retired, but has owned many businesses in his life (bar, construction firm and hotel). My brother owns a wind turbine company in Europe.
  24. I’m a pretty good cook, but my smoke detector acts as a timer for me sometimes…especially when making quesadillas or grilled cheese on the stove. Because of my multi-tasking of course – trying to clean up the counters, unload the  dishwasher, etc. LOL
  25. I am a total homebody.
  26. I caught the gardening bug in the spring of 2013 and really love it!
  27. I get excited every time it snows. I marvel at the beauty every time.
  28. I also really love rainy days and could sit and watch the rain for hours.
  29. I chew a lot of gum. I used to bite my nails as a kid, when I became an adult, I stopped actually biting my nails, but will still chew on my nails when I’m not busy doing something (reading, etc.). Gum keeps me from doing that.
  30. I love people watching. When I was studying abroad in college, I would sit in the main square for hours just people watching. People are so interesting!
  31. I really hate talking on the phone.
  32. I am totally crazy in love with my husband…after all these years. We went grocery shopping a couple of weeks ago and were laughing and holding hands. One of our neighbors happened to be in the parking lot and saw us and said that we look like two crazy-in-love 16 year olds. :D We are very affectionate with each other and like our kids to see what a healthy relationship looks like (G rated of course).
  33. I tend to be a bit anti-social.
  34. I love little adventures. Finding a new forest preserve we’ve never visited/hiked. Visiting new towns or new beaches. I love getting in the car and just getting lost.
  35. I haven’t taken a real vacation (besides visiting my parents in another state) in probably more than 10 years. It was never really a priority and I always felt like we couldn’t afford one. But starting next year..we should be debt free by then, we will save up and take a family vacation.
  36. I make my bed everyday. It just makes me feel good when the bed is made. Everything looks neater. I find that I’m calmer and happier when things are neat. And I’m NOT naturally a neat person. I really have to work at it.
  37. I rarely ever buy bread. I make homemade bread probably twice a week. I love homemade bread. I’ve been making it for over a year now.
  38. I crave salty foods. My favorite being plain potato chips and salted peanuts.
  39. I’ve been known to take a flower or some seeds from parks, peoples front yards, etc. so that I can try and propogate them for my own garden.
  40. I spent my actual birthday (yesterday) estate saling and thrifing with my hubby. It was a blast!

I really like this idea and hope that more of my blog friends do the same for their birthdays this year!  Thanks Erica for starting this.

I Don’t Have Much Time To Read – But I Read 31 Books in 2014

What’s my secret? Audiobooks!  We are an audiobook loving family, and you can get them free from your local library.  Actually, they might be free for most people, but we live out of our library’s district and do pay $198 per year for our membership.  But we get tons of use out of our library – audiobooks, magazines, books, movies, music, etc.

audiobooks2I’ve been listening to audiobooks for several years.  And I really enjoy them.  If you haven’t given them a shot, you really should.  I introduced my hubby to them a few years back and he goes through probably about 2 books a week now.

I don’t go through as many books as my hubby because I also like to listen to podcasts.  My favorites being Scavenger Life and the Dave Ramsey audio archives (which are daily and 2 hours long).    If it weren’t for Dave, I’d probably go through a lot more audio books, but personal finance (becoming debt free and being smart with money) is something that I’m very passionate about so I listen to his show almost every day, and if I don’t I eventually catch up on all of them.

Here is my list of the books that I’ve read in 2014. I keep a Pinterest board so that I can keep track of which books and how many I read.  I started doing this in 2013 (in which I read 23 books). My goal is to top 50 books this year.

There are a few different ways to acquire audiobooks from the library. 

1.  My first and most preferable way is to download them directly from the internet.  The image above shows the link on my library’s site to the audiobooks.  I download them and then transfer them to either my iPod of hubby’s mp3 player.

2.  The 2nd way is to request a Playaway.  Sometimes the online catalog may not have what I’m looking for, but either my library or another local library may carry a Playaway.

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A playaway is just an already preloaded mp3 player that comes with an audiobook of your choice.  What I really like about the Playaways is that I can increase the speed of the book.  It took me just a little bit to get used to the fast speech, but you get so used to it, you barely notice..but you can finish your audiobook in half the time.  It’s awesome!

3.  The last way I listen to audiobooks is by requesting the book on Audio CD.  It’s my least favorite as it takes time to burn the CDs and then transfer them to my iPod, but if they are not available online or on a playaway, but only on the CD, I will still get it.

I still read regular books too.  But if I’m driving somewhere far, or doing chores or mindless computer work, you can be sure that I’m listening to an audiobook.

If you don’t think you’d enjoy audiobooks, I challenge you to try.  It took me a while to convince my hubby to give them a try…but now it seems he can’t live without them.  LOL

Are you an audiobook listener?  Do tell?

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Recent Sales & Nothing Is Safe From This Ebay & Amazon Selling Mom

First off, here are my sales from 1/4 – 1/10

Total Items in Store: 253
Items Sold: 8
Cost of Items Sold: $27.49 ($7.49 cogs + $20 photographer (my son)
Total Sales: $259.72 ($132.73 Ebay, $126.99 Amazon)
Highest Price Sold: $26.99 Christmas Tie
Average Price Sold: $16.59
International Sales: 1
Returns: 0
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0

Much slower on Ebay recently and my average price sold went down. But some older, lower priced inventory sold. Plus I have some lower priced items selling that I have a large quantity of..so It doesn’t bother me, as it was listed once and will continue selling for $16.99 plus shipping.

I had my son photograph 33 items last week (which I listed – woot!).  He has finals this week and has a half day today and tomorrow and he’ll be photographing some more.  The backlog for me is getting the stuff photographed, so this is helping me a lot!

I sold my son’s current Geometry textbook – OOPS!

geometrySo I was putting away laundry in my 15 yo son’s room last week and noticed a textbook on his shelf.  I had just recently read The Ultimate Guide To Thrift Store Reselling and was thinking about books and just scanned his bookshelf to see if there might be anything there that was worth reselling.

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So I saw the textbook and scanned it with my phone and the resale was pretty good.  So I listed it right then and there from my phone (I love that about Amazon).  I figured this was one of his books from last year.

It sold a few days later and as I was getting ready to package and ship it, my son walks by and notices the book and says, “Mom, that’s my school book…did you just sell my school book?” (Insert dreaded feeling here).  I started laughing and told him that I thought it was from last year..why would this book be here on your bookshelf…instead of at school?  He said it was no big deal and that the book is also available online and that I can go ahead and ship it out.

Well, I felt so horribly guilty and cancelled the transaction.  I think I can have a cancellation once in a while without it affecting my Amazon rating too much. It happened a couple of times last year when I couldn’t find an item.

You can bet this book is getting relisted next summer.  My husband was just laughing about this yesterday.  He doesn’t understand why I’m looking through bookshelves instead of getting all my unlisted inventory photographed and listed.  It’s so much easier to pick up a book off the shelf, scan it and then list it!  That’s why! LOL

My kids already know that nothing is safe from Mom..it better be cleaned up and in it’s place, or else Mom will either sell it, donate it, or throw it out!

Have you guys ever done anything this crazy?

Where Are You Going In Life? – The Story of the Business Man and the Mexican Fisherman

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We hung out with our best friends on New Year’s Eve.  The hubby starts telling me that there aren’t many things in life that really impacted him, but the story I told him a few weeks before is one that he can’t seem to stop thinking about and reflecting on.

You may have already heard this story before. There are many variations of this story and I can’t find the actual origin of the tale either, but it’s one that I think you should read.  I first read it a couple of years ago and reread it often.  It’s one that I too can’t stop thinking about:

An American tourist meets a Mexican fisherman resting on the shore. He asks him how long he goes to fish everyday”Not very long,” answered the Mexican.

“But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American.

The Mexican fisherman explained that his approach is to only catch how much ever he and his family needs on that day.

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

“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs…I have a full life.”

The American interrupted, “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every
day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City. From there you can direct your huge enterprise.”

“How long would that take?” asked the Mexican.

“Ten, perhaps twelve years,” replied the American.

“And after that?”

“Afterwards?

That’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the American, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!”

“Millions? Really? And after that?”

“After that, you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife, and spend your evenings having a few drinks and enjoy your friends.”

Why do we do the things that we do?  Do they help us achieve what is really important in life?  Have we even thought about what that might be?  Where are you going in life?  And might you already be there?

I’d love to hear your thoughts about it!