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The Banker And The Fisherman: A Life Changing Story

Picture of Hundred Dollar Bills Inspirational StoryMost people take vacations to get away from their everyday life.

But today’s story shows how a single moment of vacation changed a man’s life forever.


There was once a banker who existed in a fast-paced world of concrete and noise. He spent his days running from one big building to the next, going from meeting to meeting and fighting to squeeze every last dollar of profit into his pocket.

Besides making money there was only one other thing he lived for: the lone week of vacation he could claw out of his busy schedule.

This vacation he always took in a particular coastal town. His father had taken him there as a boy because they both loved fishing so much, and he continued the tradition as an adult.

The banker thought he knew every little inch of the place, but one day while on vacation he spotted a dock that he had never seen before. It was like it had appeared out of nowhere. He had his fishing pole in hand so he decided to go and try out this mysterious new fishing spot.

The banker walked out onto the dock and within minutes a small boat appeared nearby.

Picture of a fisherman on the oceanThere was a fisherman in the boat and at his feet lay the most gorgeous yellowtail tuna the banker had ever seen in his life.

The fisherman docked his boat and began to carefully unload the fish. His clothes were comfortable looking, but obviously worn a bit from the sun and sea weather.

The banker couldn’t help himself.

He approached the fisherman and pointed out the amazing quality of the yellowtail tuna he had caught.

“Yes, thank you,” said the fisherman nodding slightly.

“You know,” said the banker, “if you kept fishing for the entire day then you’d be able to catch more of those beauties. Then you could buy a bigger boat and a whole new set of clothes.”

The fisherman thanked the banker, but said that he liked the free time he had. He only caught enough fish to support his wife and kids, with a little leftover to give to his grandparents each week.

“But what in the world do you do with the rest of your day then?”, said the banker with wide eyes.

“Well, I am able to sleep late in the morning and then do some fishing for a couple of hours.

Then in the afternoon I play with my kids or take a nap.

In the evening I stroll on the beach with my wife and we walk to a place where our friends like to hang out. There we have some drinks, tell stories, and laugh about old times until we get tired.”

The banker was shocked. “Listen,” he said, I can help you achieve your wildest dreams.”


The banker then told the fisherman that if he fished from dawn till dusk for many years he could buy a larger boat. After that he could hire employees and keep reinvesting his profits from fishing to gain many more boats and employees.

Then over a couple of decades he could become the major employer in the area and rake in even more profits. Several more decades of hard work later he could sell his company and retire with a million dollars.

The fisherman was quiet, then said, “So… what would I do when I retire?”

“Complete freedom. You can sleep in whenever you want, go fishing, see your kids, and spend evenings hanging out with your wife and friends whenever you feel like it.”

The fisherman smiled big and picked up his basket of fish. “Thank you sir, but that’s exactly what I do now! He nodded a goodbye and walked off, whistling to himself happily.

The banker sitting on a dock and thinking about lifeThe banker was shocked. He had never had a moment like this in his life before. He sat on that dock for quite some time, not fishing but thinking about his life and the conversation he’d just had with the fisherman.

Then he walked to his hotel, a changed man, and never went back to his old life again.


I like this story a lot, and I’m not the only one.

Variations of this story have been featured around the world in countless motivational and “change your life” sort of books. Not to mention all the times it’s been passed from person to person via email over the years.

So why is this story so popular? I think it’s because when the banker has his epiphany about life, we experience it too.

In this ever more complex world that we live in, it feels good to hear that we don’t have to make things even more complicated to be happy.

However, I think the core message of this story is often misunderstood.

A lot of people think that the story is saying that everybody should live a simple, relaxed life like the fisherman.

But not every life is one size fits all.

Inspirational picture of a hiker jumping over an obstacleThe real message is that you should live the kind of life that will make you the happiest, instead of chasing what other people think is important.

For the banker and the fisherman the right life was to live on a coastal town and enjoy a simple existence, centered around fishing and relaxing on the beach.

But for other people out there, that kind of life would make them incredibly bored and unhappy.

The story is telling you to live the life that’s right for you NOW, don’t wait until retirement in hopes that you might be able to live it then.

It won’t be easy (how hard was it for the banker after that day, deciding to change his life?), but you will be happy.

What do you think, do you agree with me? Y/N?

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What story made you cry?

Picture with crying emoji and text asking What story made you cry?

I saw a cartoon version of The Ugly Duckling as a kid. I cried buckets for almost an hour afterwards.

Just wandering around the front yard and crying lol.

I remember a neighbor came over and was horrified: “Why is she crying like that?” and my mom was like “I don’t know…she saw a cartoon and she’s been crying ever since.”

Now it’s your turn: what story made you cry? Answer in the comments below.

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Bloody Mary’s Ghost Pregnancy: Shoutout This Week To Alyssa

Picture of the real Bloody Mary who had a ghost pregnancyThe shoutout this week is to reader Alyssa, who asked about the mysterious ghost pregnancy of the real woman behind the Bloody Mary legend, Queen Mary Tudor:

Hey Anita is this really true? I mean like when she is pregnant, the baby didn’t come out? And I love all your stories!

Thanks, I’m glad you like the stories :). As for Bloody Mary and the ‘baby’, it’s the weirdest thing. She went through all the signs and experiences of being pregnant, including her stomach growing over nine months just like there was a baby in there.

As Queen of England, she had the best doctors in the country and they all were sure that this was a normal pregnancy.

The whole country rejoiced, as a male heir to the throne was desperately needed. Celebrations all across the land were prepared to welcome the new royal baby into the world.

However, when it was time for the baby to be born nothing at all happened. This was a huge embarrassment for Mary as the whole kingdom was watching and waiting. And as more time passed and no baby appeared, people started to make a big joke out of her.

Today we know she had a condition called ‘false pregnancy’ which can be caused by many different things. But back then people thought she had gone crazy, or worse, possessed by a demon or some other evil entity.

As for Mary, she felt that the ghost baby was a punishment from God for tolerating people with different religions in her kingdom. After her experiences with false pregnancy she…changed.

Actually I should post a story about this part of her life, it’s a really interesting story, though it ends with her doing some horrible things.