... Doing more than one man's work... Reminds me of a story I was told not long ago. It goes like this: a businessman was visiting a Caribbean Island during his retirement. Being old and wise, he sat people watching and talked easily with strangers. He spoke with a fisherman coming back from a day of fishing. "Whatcha got there?"
"Two tuna and a whitefish," the fisherman freely replies.
"For my family for tonight and tomorrow. My wife is a cook and my boy eats a lot," he admits with a jolly laugh.
"Wow, and how long did that take you?"
"Maybe two hours."
The businessman guffaws, "What do you do for the rest of the day?"
"I play with my boy, help my wife cook, take care of my home and garden, siesta with my wife, and watch the sunset with my dog."
"That sounds wonderful, but why don't you fish for longer? You could work just 6 hours and start saving for a second boat. Once you got that, you could exponentiate your profits and create an army to control the price of fish!"
The fisherman scratches his head to recall his elementary grasp of mathematics and asks, "What would I do with all those profits?"
"Why, you could retire at 50 at the rate I see business here! Then you could relax and play with your boy and siesta with your wife and watch the sunset with--" the businessman's voice trails off and he pauses in deep contemplation. He returns to reality and looks up at the young fisherman, who now appears a wise scholar in the midday sun of the Caribbean.
The fisherman smiles and shoulders his net, "I hope you enjoy your time here on this island. If you will excuse me, I have some very important business to attend to with my wife."
His eyebrows double up and down and he leaves the businessman to his thoughts.
Doing more than one man's work is like this. The old man seeks to do more. The young fisherman seeks only to do what is his to do. There are benefits to both mentalities, but we live in a world dominated by one mindset and not the other. Working as I had today taught me this.