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This month, I thought that sharing a short story would be appropriate. I hope many of you will read this with your toes in the sand or by a campfire. The last of our summer days are upon us-soon we will be back to the routines that the month of September brings.
We can’t wait to get back to a regular meeting in September, and we have a BIG surprise for our members lined up for this meeting-don’t miss it!
This story is written by A. Jean Kent. After reading it, ask yourself “Is your career a means to an end?” or “What will be the end result of my work?” Enjoy!
A management consultant, on holiday in a African fishing village, watched a little fishing boat dock at the quayside. Noting the quality of the fish, the consultant asked the fisherman how long it had taken to catch them.
“Not very long.” answered the fisherman.
“Then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the consultant.
The fisherman explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
The consultant asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, have an afternoon’s rest under a coconut tree. In the evenings, I go into the community hall to see my friends, have a few beers, play the drums, and sing a few songs….. I have a full and happy life.” replied the fisherman.
The consultant ventured, “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 a large fleet. Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, 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 a city here or maybe even in the United Kingdom, from where you can direct your huge enterprise.”
“How long would that take?” asked the fisherman.
“Oh, ten, maybe twenty years.” replied the consultant.
“And after that?” asked the fisherman.
“After that? That’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the consultant, laughing, “When your business gets really big, you can start selling shares in your company and make millions!”
“Millions? Really? And after that?” pressed the fisherman.
“After that you’ll be able to retire, move out to a small village by the sea, sleep in late every day, spend time with your family, go fishing, take afternoon naps under a coconut tree, and spend relaxing evenings having drinks with friends…”
As we take a hiatus from our regular meetings during the summer, I thought it would be a good time to remind everyone that we have some terrific meetings and events planned for the rest of this year. On September 12th, Karen Smith Racicot (our Treasurer and Secretary) will be leading a session that is all about organizing our lives. She will help us to sort out the clutter and help us to learn to be more efficient, which helps us to be more profitable!
Save the Date! October is always a special month for the Women’s Business Network. We will be hosting our signature event, Steps to Success, which will be held on October 17. As in previous years, we will have the opportunity to meet in small groups with local life coaches who will each be leading discussions regarding specific areas of self-improvement. This provides a powerful connection with other professional women that share similar challenges, and allows for a dynamic group interaction. We then have a catered lunch and a keynote speaker. The Special Events committee is hard at work finalizing the details of this event. This is a great way to introduce your peers and colleagues to the WBN.
Our end of year meeting in November will be a business expo! As a member, you will have the opportunity to showcase your business to all of the attendees. Our speaker will be doing a “mini-session” on networking. Look for more details soon!
Finally, I would like to invite you to serve this organization. We need your help on several committees, including Marketing, Membership, and Special Events. Serving on a committee is one of the best ways to expand your network, and to help the Women’s Business Network grow and flourish!
June is going to be an exciting month! Many of us have school aged children that will be getting a reprieve from their academic and extra-curricular activities. June is the beginning of summer vacation season — a special time planned with our loved ones that gives us a chance to unwind and re-connect.
The Women’s Business Network has a special event planned this month that will also offer you the opportunity to re-connect with your fellow members and their guests. Our Summer Event, being held on June 13th will be the perfect venue to kick off your summer. This catered event along with the Somilier, will guide our taste buds through food and wine pairings. We have planned this event to give everyone the chance to connect with different people throughout the evening.
In anticipation of this networking party, I thought it may be helpful to get some pointers on Networking from an expert. Emily Richardson, CPA and PhD recently shared the following pointers:
We look forward to seeing you and your friends at the Summer Event!