Caribbean feeling in the middle of Europe. You think this is not possible? Here you will find authentic travel tips to fully enjoy this beautiful island Mallorca.

You might already know the Spanish island Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. But you might not know why this island is so special and definitely not worth its reputation of only being a party island. I was lucky to stay on this island during winter and could therefore experience the real Mallorca while learning a lot about the Majorcan culture and its customs. 

What is it about the Majorcan language?

First, you need to know that besides Castellano, normal Spanish, the inhabitants have their own language called Majorcan. This language sounds like a combination of Spanish, French and Portuguese. You will also find many street signs written in Majorcan, kids learn this language in school, and it is throughout used in university, too.

Everyone understands Castellano but of course especially the older generation is flattered if you know some Majorcan words e.g. bon dia. After the end of the government under Franco, the Balearic Islands received the status of an autonomous region of Spain in 1983, which also led to the fact that Majorcan could be spoken again. From that time, they kept it and used it as their primary language.

How touristic is it really?

As the tourism during summer grew enormously the Majorcans try to seclude and to distance themselves from main tourist attractions at least in their private time. Of course, tourism is both a curse and a blessing. It has brought a lot of money to the island and thus strengthened the economy. However, mass tourism has also brought some challenges. If cruise ships arrive in Palma, it can get very uncomfortable to stroll through the city. Therefore my first travel tip is to experience the real Mallorca in the months October till April. 

Why winter is perfect for visiting this island?

Dancing majorcan people

The winter months in Mallorca are very quiet in comparison to the busy life in summer. It is the time to calm down, to spend time with family and friends, to renovate houses, and to celebrate festivals. There are festivals to drive away the evil spirits, to celebrate the harvest, festivals with religious background or simply festivals to come together and enjoy the time together. In any case, it is worthwhile to look where which festival takes place and to visit it. 

As it already gets colder in September in the European countries, in Mallorca the sun still pampers the skin with a mild warm. You mostly can still enjoy the late summer temperatures and have a swim with significant fewer people. The sea around Mallorca is often clear and the water has this magnificent turquoise color like in the Caribbean Sea. You just need to know where to go. Especially the south coast offers great spots, but also Muro beach in the north of the island is great.

The Mediterranean climate ensures that it’s not getting freezing and sun can be catched all year long. For people who like sports this is a paradise, you can go for a run, do some hiking, play golf the whole year. The winter also brings some rainy days and these get uncomfortable as of the high humidity. Therefore, make sure to have some kind of heater in your apartment.

During winter you can explore many things in Mallorca from beaches to nature adventures, from sightseeing to food tasting. Your trip will be accompanied by the scent of pine and sea breeze. While driving over the island you will always find perfect photo shots of olive trees, orange and lemon trees, Majorcan houses with its nicely colored window shutters and in between you will most likely find some windmills. 

From End of January till approx. middle of March you can admire the almond blossom. These trees charm with its white pinkish flowers and can be found all over the island. There are trees in the area of Valldemossa or Santanyi, but also when you drive along the Tramuntana mountains. Spring is in the air and the sunshine, the green lawn and these beautiful trees will give you an excellent motivation kick. You definitely have to taste the nice almond cake you get here on Mallorca, it is really delicious.

The island has a lot of spots which need to be discovered. I will divide my travel tips into the four cardinal points of the island starting with the capital Palma:

The capital Palma

Palma is mostly just a day trip location for tourists but if you have the chance to visit Palma during winter it is definitely worth to stay longer and explore the real Mallorca. While sitting in a café, doing some shopping, admiring the beautiful architecture you will definitely feel the special atmosphere this city offers.

How to leave the airport? 

When you arrive by plane you will love the close position of the airport. With the public bus it only takes 20 minutes, and you will arrive at Plaça d’Espanya. I would always recommend using the bus, of course it isn’t as cheap as it was many years ago but still a lot cheaper and an excellent way to get to the city center. An alternative is to rent a car before, which also works very well. I always had very good experiences with billiger-mietwagen.de.

Either you can pick up the car directly at the airport or there is a bus shuttle from the airport to the car pick-up station. Both works well and is trained over years. Driving by yourself is not a problem on the island, you have many roundabouts less traffic and the islanders are quite safe drivers.

Nice walking tour through Palma city center

From Plaça d’Espanya you follow the little streets in the direction of the cathedral, there you find the city center with all its shops. If you are interested in food markets, make sure you visit the Mercat d’Oliver. A nice small street with little shops is also Carrer del Sindicat which is located parallel to the main street. In the middle of the center of Palma you find the square Plaça Major. You will definitely once come here, while exploring the city as all streets somehow lead to this square.

Leaving the Plaça Major behind you, you will find a typical Majorcan bakery Forn Ca Na Teresa where you definitely should try the “Ensaimada” a sweet pastry with a little sugar on top. Following the street you will find many souvenir shops where you can buy typical Majorcan things like flores de sal, typical salt from the island, olive oil, olives, natural made beauty products and so on.

The end of the city tour is the fabulous Cathedral of Palma, from there you have a nice view over the Cathedral park to the sea. It is definitely worth staying there some time and watch the scenic.

If you now look for a nice place to have some drinks and some good tapas I would recommend going to the district La Lonja, which is quite close to the Cathedral. There you also find one of my favorite tapas bars called “La Lonja”. You can try different tapas, the classic choice of the tortilla isn’t bad at all. Also, a nice choice is the various “garritos”, some tiny baguette topped with different selections, yummy! Combining your tapas with a “cafĂ© con leche”, a typical milk coffee in Mallorca, or a “vino blanco/rojo”, white/red wine brings this to a perfect match. You sit on a nice square with two other restaurants, palm trees and the beginning of the harbor in front of you.  

Nightlife in Palma 

If you also stay overnight in Palma, it is definitely great to go to the “ruta de tapas” or also called “Ruta Martiana”. People meet with friends in different bars in the area of Plaça d’En Coll district Sa Gerreria. You get wine and beer in small glasses with “pintxos”, a slide of baguette topped with something delicious. It is very cheap and the atmosphere is great as everyone is on the street, having a chat and just enjoying the after work drinks. Usually it takes place Tuesday and Thursday from 7 pm depending on the season.

Afterwards you can go to Paseo Maritimo, this is the street next to the harbor, either to grab an ice cream and stroll along the harbor or visit another bar e.g. Bar Cuba. If you want to go out dancing it is also the place to be, but keep in mind in Spain we start late. Before 12/1 am there won’t be anyone celebrating with you. 

Surrounding of Palma 

Around Palma you have nice beaches as well, where you don’t need to have a car. You can take the public bus and ride for example to Playa Illetes, which is a really nice bay with a restaurant. In summer it is getting really crowed, but off-season it is a great place to spend some time. If you don’t want to go this far, you can always go to the city beach of Palma.

A nice and very long walkway starts in Palma and follows till Arenal. It is the place for walkers, joggers, skateboarders as it is a perfect place to do some sports outside next to the beach. You will also find some beach bars right at the beginning where you can get some sun and have a nice cool drink with it. 

My favorite section is “El Molinar”, which starts after Portixol, the little harbor, and ends before Can Pastilla. You find nice cafĂ©s and restaurants along the beach boardwalk, people taking their dog for a walk, enjoying the sun at the beach or just doing some sports. Really nice colorful houses are placed first-row at the beach, a perfect place to live don’t you think?! 

A good way to explore the island is to have a look on the typical markets which take place all over the island. Every day there is a market in another town. You should go in the mornings as they mostly close around lunchtime. After visiting, you definitely got the chance to buy some nice fruits for the day, vegetables for cooking, or you just enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the marketplace while drinking a cafĂ© con leche.

My travel tips: South coast of Mallorca

You definitely need to go to Playa Es Trenc, which is a long, white sandy beach in the middle of a nature reserve. The water has its turquoise color and invites for swimming. A lot of boats and yachts also visit this perfect spot. There is one restaurant where you can get something to eat and drink, but it is also very common to take some picnic with you. On the way to the beach you pass the salt factory Ses Salines flor de sal de Mallorca. You can explore how they get salt out of the seawater in a guided tour or go shopping some salt in their shopping store. 

Another great stop in the southern region is the Playa Cala Pi. By walking down the stairs to this awesome place you already get a glimpse how nice it is. A small bay is situated within the cliff walls and give a mostly windless sunbath. Some former fisher boat garages fit in the idyllically surrounding of this place. Now it’s time to just enjoy and relax. 

If you are a dog lover, or you are interested to get to know some very ambitious people, check out the Welpenstation of Mallorca. Claudia and Stefan own a voluntary station for rescued dogs, especially puppies. They are very open-minded and love to show their fantastic finca where they in peak times take care of around 30 puppies, which are brought from the island to their place. They take care of their health, bringing them to the veterinarian and trying to find a new home for them. I had the pleasure to do an interview about their lifestyle story, very inspiring! Check out the video here.

My travel tips: East coast of Mallorca

Here you will find many tourist attractions, on which I won’t focus as you will get this typical information out of every tourism guide. Many towns are extinct and look like ghost towns in winter as they were just built up for tourism. A beautiful town that is alive even in winter is Santanyi. The inner city does offer nice houses and little streets full of cafĂ©s, shops and restaurants.

In winter time the market on Saturday is worth going to as there are fewer people coming. In summer it can get packed. If you are looking for a nice spot to work from, there is also one of its Coworking spaces in Mallorca. Doris and Rainer will surely give you all information about conditions and working possibilities at Rayaworx. 

Also the nature and its beaches are definitely worth to be highlighted. The little port Cala Figuera and close to it the Playa Es Llombard are just amazing. In the MondragĂłn national park, which is close to Santanyi, offers nice walking trails and also two very natural beaches: Playa de s’Amarador and Cala MondragĂł. More up north there is the Playa Cala Agulla which also is a fantastic beach to relax. 

My travel tips: North coast of Mallorca

The surrounding up north in Mallorca is very natural. You find natural reserves, little towns, and the surfers love the waves the coast offers. Therefore, it is also windier than in other locations of the island. 

You’ll find Alcudia the oldest city of Mallorca. It is a nice town where you can also walk on top of the castle walls which surround the heart of Alcudia. From Alcudia it is worth driving to Victoria, a peninsula close to Alcudia. Nice beaches, summer houses and also a delicious Majorcan restaurant La Terraza can be found here. You can try the typical Paellas, have some nice fish or just enjoy a drink on their bistro terrace. 

If you look for another very natural beach you can go to Formentor. It is a winding approach, but you won’t regret it. You can choose between Playa de Formentor, Playa Cala Murta and Playa Cala Figuera. Of course, the Cap de Formentor a light house at the end of the peninsula offers a fantastic view over the ocean. 

I really like the markets in the towns Pollença and Sa Pobla. The little villages are getting alive and all Majorcans meet on the market place. But also without any market, here you can feel the real Majorcan air. In Pollença definitely walk up the stairs to the little chapel, usually there is a musician who perfectly accompanies the view.

One very famous photo shot is the pier at Playa Muro. A lot of hotels also liked this spot a lot and settled at this beach. In summer it can get quite crowded. But in winter you can enjoy a nice beach walk on the white sandy beach and not getting enough of the turquoise blue water.

While driving further east you’ll come to the village Son Serra de Marina. Majorcans and foreigners do have their summer houses here. It is not only worth visiting for watching houses, but also for enjoying the natural beach which reachs from Can Picafort to Colonia de Sant Pere. Don’t miss the coastal walk which offers a 11 km beach trail. People come to Son Serra to walk their dogs, have picnic, surfers wait for the right wave and cafĂ©s offer a perfect place to enjoy and to let the soul dangle. 

Next to the beautiful beach area of the north there is the national park La Peninsula De Llevant. Many nice trails can be done here. On one way you mostly catch the breathtaking costal view. My two favorite walks are the hike to Torre d’Albarca and the hike to Punta d’es CalĂł. After a nice walk you can then get yourself some cold drinks or tapas in the town ArtĂ , which is located close by. You find nice cafĂ©s and restaurants, little shops and a very recommended viewpoint the sanctuary of Sant Salvador, surrounded by the dominant fortress walls. 

My travel tips: West coast of Mallorca 

The west is known for its Tramuntana mountains. It is a very hilly region with nice mountain villages and beautiful views into the landscape and to the ocean. The main street MA-10 is a definitely must-visit on the island. The coast street follows the ocean and gives you spectacular views. There are many stops where you can enjoy nature and its beauty. 

You will also pass the villages DeĂ­a and Valldemossa, both quite touristic places, but in off-season definitely worth to go for a walk. The little streets with its Majorcan houses and flower pots are very cute. No wonder that many artists have spent time here. 

If you want to do some sports the hiking trail from Sollér to Deía is a really nice opportunity. It takes around 3 hours one way, and you can return with the public bus to Sollér. You will pass old fincas, see many orange and lemon trees, have an enormous view into the mountains and over the ocean.

I hope you get a glimpse of all the possibilities this island offers to you. My travel tips show that you can find such a variety of nature and explore the real Mallorca just while wandering around with open eyes. Each person, from young to old, can follow his passion, hobbies and interests which can be sports (e.g. kiting, wind surfing, sailing, hiking, running, golfing), sightseeing (e.g. museums, significant buildings, factories, old towns), nature observations (e.g. biological diversity, bird watching, diving) or just time to relax. 

Great books to read:

We already did many hiking tours in the Chiemgau mountains, but this one was really a highlight combining a nice and diverse ascent rewarded with a special view from the top. Therefore, I would like to recommend you this hike to enjoy the stunning view into the alps and the Kaiser mountains.

Before starting the tour Taubensee check if you packed all relevant items like enough water, some snacks, sunglasses, hiking sticks, and what I really like to recommend here is to treat certain places on the feet beforehand if you are at risk of blisters. There is nothing more stupid than to have pain because of blisters on the mountain and not be able to enjoy the hike properly. 

Three effective ways of prevention blisters:

  • Tape your feet
  • Wear a fine stocking underneath your hiking socks
  • Or what definitely is my highlight hint from a New Zealand doctor who saved me once with it during a hike in the Dolomites: Use the, Elastus silkskin* plaster this patch saves you from blisters and friction and can even be reused! I did not trust at the beginning, but after many tours that was the biggest help I could get.

Description of hiking tour Taubensee:

forest view

So let’s start our tour! After passing the small and curvy street you park your car 10 minutes away from the Streichenkapelle. We follow the forest trail (nr. 9) in direction of Taubensee and first pass the Peterer Almand afterwards the Donauer Alm. The first passage leads you through the forest and along meadows.

After a while we then come to the Kroatensteig, where the trail gets tinier and a bit bumpy. On the saddle you get a first view in the direction of Kössen/Reit im Winkel. Then follows a somewhat steeper descent. Here at the end we turn right and come to the Taubensee hut.

mountain view into the valley of Kössen

Now it is time to relax and enjoy the beautiful view into the valley of Kössen surrounded by the mountains.

For the descent we go back to the junction, we earlier turned right, and follow straight the direction to the lake Taubensee. We keep left along the water and watch out for the sign Luftbodensteig/Sauermöseralm. As soon as we see the marking nr. 9 we turn left and return over the forest trail to the Peterer Alm. The shortcut trail nr. 96 leads us back to the parking space.

Facts and figures hiking tour Taubensee:

  • Starting point: Schleching-Ettenhausen, parking lot below the Streichenkapelle
  • Duration: 2.5 â€“ 3 hours ascent and approx. 2 hours descent
  • Altitude meter: approx. 600 hm
  • Distance: approx. 8 km

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How to actually change something?

If you think about your life and about the way your life is going, are you feeling satisfied? Or do you feel trapped in a repetitive everyday life? Are you maybe talking to people or listing to others while they are telling you to design the life you want to live and the person you want to be? You might ask yourself if there is a truth in the statement that says YOU are responsible for how your life looks like and YOU can also influence the direction. That is maybe also the hardest part of it, but change is actually a chance you are self responsible to do so. That is the reason why change and self-responsibility belong together.

There is nobody who creates your life, there might be coincidences which seem to sometimes give you a direction, but in the end it is you to decide which way to go and how to behave. If you are totally satisfied about your personality, you did an excellent job. But maybe there are also personal characteristics you would like to change.

I give you one example which shows self-responsibility is working:

You have a restrained character, you like to be with people, but you are not the person who openly says what you like and what you think. Mostly others are louder and faster explaining their thoughts and you subordinate yourself to these persons and opinions. When you then have a calm moment, you come home from work, you realize that you actually think differently. You are angry about yourself why you didn’t say anything, because you feared the reaction of others.

Good news, you definitely can change this behavior. Determine things that are important for you and should be part of your life. What do you think about these things? Experience shows you in which life situations you were happy and when not. What did fit together and what did not? From this you can draw your own conclusions. If you really want to change yourself, you can do so. By always behaving differently as you wish. You can start with small changes and look how it goes.

How can you finally change something?

In my example you could start with telling your opinion in a familiar environment, being with family or friends. Decide for yourself in advance which results you want to have out of this conversation and then dare and say your honest opinion loud and confident. Now the interesting part is coming, you will see the reaction of your conversation partner. They might be surprised because they didn’t expect your behavior, but this reaction mostly doesn’t reflect your opinion itself. Your mind will learn this and point it as a good experience. Even if your conversation partner has a different opinion, you will feel relieved as you shared your point of view this time as well. There is nothing you can regret afterwards.  At some point the mind remembers and sees this action as normality.

There is a solution – combining willingness to change and self-responsibility:

You can train your mind like a muscle. I really liked the chapter in the book individuation*. New experiences overwrite the old fears or actions. This concludes in a positive cycle: the goals lead to a change in behavior, the changed behavior influences the self concept, the changed self concept in turn causes further behavior changes. While doing this it is important to set realistic goals, otherwise it takes the opposite direction. Try it out with simple actions you always wanted to change. The advise is to follow these changes over 21 days, every day you train your muscle. It can also be helpful to integrate it in your daily routine, every day at the same time and location. You would need to try out what fits the best for you. After the 21 days you will experience if the change feels good and you want to keep it. As I said at the beginning, if you are doing well and you are happy as you are, there is no reason to change. But if the pressure of suffering is too high or the curiosity for change grows, there is the possibility to change your personality. That are really good news, don’t you think? Keep in mind that change and self-responsibility belong together, now it is time to get started.

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I’m sure you also think about alternatives of travelling in these COVID-19 times. We decided to hire a camper van and cruise through Germany. It was a bright sunny Thursday and who has already been at the region of Lake Constance, knows how beautiful it is here in summer time. Many fruit and wine plantations are growing on the hills around the lake. The lake itself has a really turquoise color, so you just want to jump into the water and celebrate life. We decided to do a bike round trip at the Lake Constance combining biking and boat cruising. 

Round trip Überlingen lake tour, first stage Wallhausen and Constance

As we parked our camper on a park4night camping slot close to Überlingen, we decided to start the bike tour from there. We bought a bike tour ticket, which is quite affordable with 11 EUR per person and bike (2020) and then took the boat to Wallhausen. The boat ride takes around 20 minutes. From Wallhausen you follow a very nice bike trail around 11 km next to the lake. While driving you definitely wish to stay in one of the nice houses directed to the lake. You can also do a stop at the island Mainau, but you need to pay entrance to get access to the flower island. We kept on riding and ended in Constance where you finally cross the Rhein bridge to get to the harbor of Constance. Constance itself is a quite nice city with a pretty old town, which is definitely worth to visit. We enjoyed the lake view from a biergarden close to the lake and took a cooling swim from the side of Switzerland. 

Second stage Meersburg to Überlingen

The boat took us back within 20 minutes to the city Meersburg, which is on the lake side where we came from. Meersburg is also a nice place to visit. Next to the castle there are many shops, cafes and restaurants. As the city is a main attraction for tourists, we directly started our tour back to Überlingen. After leaving the main road, the trail leads you through the nature always following the waterside of the lake. Within around 12.5 km you reach Überlingen. The bike tour itself is very easy without any big hills to cross. The atmosphere of these places is incredible and you don’t want to miss this experience while staying at the Lake Constance. 

Facts and figures bike round trip at the Lake Constance:

  • Distance: Überlingen to Wallhausen with boat approx. 3 km; Wallhausen to Constance with bike approx. 11 km; Constance to Meersburg with boat approx. 4.5 km; Meersburg to Überlingen with bike approx. 12.5 km
  • Level: easy without any big altitude differences  

You are wondering where to take a very nice hiking tour close to Munich?

You can start the hiking tour to the Gedererwand from Hintergschwendt close to Bernau/Chiemsee. There is a big parking place you can leave your car. But be aware the parking is filled very quickly on a nice and sunny day. It will take you approximately 2 to 2.5 hours to the peak of the Gedererwand and around 1.5 hours to return again. Therefore it is a great tour for sunrise or sunset. We did the tour in the morning and started at 06.00 am which was absolutely fantastic as very few people where on the track. The hiking tour Gedererwand leads through beautiful forest and ends with a nice trail on the ridge.

As the most of the people take the hike to the famous Kampenwand, which definitely is also a very nice tour, you can escape the crowed by exploring the Gedererwand. After the parking lot you follow the signposts in the direction of Kampenwand and Steinlingalm. The forest trail is easy to walk even if it goes steeply upwards. You then come to a small chapel after which you need to keep left. Arrived at the Roßboden you now have to make a final decision, Kampenwand or Gedererwand.

Zwölferturm and Gedererwand

mountain view Chiemsee

Before you arrive to the peak of the Gedererwand you follow the tiny trail on the ridge of the mountain. Between the forest you can always keep an eye on the Kampenwand on the right. You then come to the first really nice viewpoint on the left which gives you a phenomenal view over the lake Chiemsee:

Over hill and dale we continue to the summit. Once there you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of the Chiemgau area. You will see the Kampenwand in its entirety, the Hochplatte, Hochgern und Hochfelln and the “Bavarian sea” lake Chiemsee. There are no words to describe the feeling when reaching to the top and having this 360 degree view. While masses of people on the Kampenwand take the perfect trip photo, you sit almost alone opposite on the Gedererwand and can enjoy having nature to yourself. Breakfast tastes a lot better on the peak after the powering hike and with the stunning view after the hiking tour to the Gedererwand.

Descent from the Gedererwand

There is an alternative tour back from the Schmiedalm over an exuberant path very steeply past the Zwölferturm to Roßboden, but I wouldÂŽrecommed to return the same way. If you want to get a nice lunch or you even stay overnight in Hintergschwendt, the restaurant “Geschwendtner Stubn” is really delicious and is definitely worth to be visited. In times of COVID-19 it always makes sense to give them a call before coming.

Facts and figures hiking tour Gedererwand

  • Starting point: Hintergschwendt / after passing the Seiseralm at the very end of the road is a huge parking lot
  • Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours ascent and approx. 1.5 hours descent
  • Altitude meter: approx. 650 hm
  • Distance: approx. 12 km

You might stumble across this blog and wonder what this is all about. First of all, I would like to make clear that the content for designing your life of this blog is written from my own perspective. Of course, there are many ways and methods of organizing and designing your life, these are just examples I have tried and they have worked very well for me. The main thing is that you start to actively think about your goals in life. This blog is only meant to be an assistance to hopefully make it easier for you to get started.

I do not believe in anything spiritual, I believe that the key to any action is ourselves. We humans are able to achieve a lot, we are all individuals, and each one has his or her uniqueness. Once you have found your passion, you will definitely lead a different life than before

Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift. Oprah Winfrey

The fishermen and the manager

So starting here, do you really believe that you exist as a human being with the goal of going to work every day, earning money and falling into bed exhausted? Do you do this in order to have time for your family and friends at the weekend, to go an holiday or to buy a car, a house, a pet or whatever? All this is understandable, the important thing is that you do this job because you like it. You wake up in the morning and can’t wait to start the day. If this is not the case, please read on. Perhaps you have already heard about the story of the fisherman and the manager. I like the statement of this anecdote very much. Our life is too short to spend it only with work and things you feel you have to do.

Does designing your life matter for you?

Why not think about what really inspires and motivates you? What makes you feel really good about yourself? What do you enjoy and what relaxes you? It does not matter how old you are, the important thing is to start thinking about your life and answer all these questions that may be on your mind. No, don’t start to say to yourself: ”Yes, I will, as soon as I have some free time.” Start now, remember that you only have one life, and to live that life fully is the main goal that each of us is striving for.

You might already heard about the little story of the fisherman and the businessman. If you didn’t go ahead, it is also worth to read it a second time.

How to lead a happy life?

A businessman was on holiday in a small fishing village, he watched one afternoon as a small fishing boat docked at the port. Seeing the high quality of the fish, the businessman asked the fisherman how long he had spent out at sea that day. â€œA few hours.” answered the fisherman.

“Then, why didn’t you stay out all day and catch more?” asked the businessman. The fisherman told him that his small catch was enough to feed him and his family. The businessman asked, “So what do you do the rest of the time?”

“I sleep late, make love to my wife, play with my kids and have an afternoon’s rest in my garden hammock. In the evenings, I go into the pub to see my friends, have a couple of beers, shoot some pool, and sing a few songs
 I have a full and happy life.” replied the fisherman.

The idea of the businessman

The businessman ventured, “I have an MBA and work for a top management consultancy – I think, in fact I know I can help you
 You should start by fishing much longer every day and recruit some help. You can then sell the additional fish you catch and with the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. A larger boat will allow you to catch more and expand your business to two or three boats until you have the largest fleet on the island. Instead of selling your fish at the harbor, you can negotiate directly with the major fish distributors and perhaps open your own plant. You can then leave this village and move your entire operation to the mainland and build a huge company.

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

“Done right, no more than ten years.” replied the businessman.

“And then what?” asked the fisherman.

“After that? You could acquire other companies, grow a massive organization and finally float or sell your company and make millions!”

“Millions? Wow? And after that?” queried the fisherman.

“After that you’ll be able to retire, move to the islands, sleep late, make love to your wife, play with your grandkids and have an afternoon’s rest. In the evenings, you could shoot the breeze with friends and have a full and happy life.”

The businessman looked at the fisherman, the fisherman stared back. “Why should I go this extra mile as I have all of this already now?” the fisherman looked questioningly at the businessman.


A happy and satisfactory life is not only about earning money. Of course, you need money to survive, but still life is not just about making money. This story of the fisherman and the businessman got me thinking, I hope you like it too. Let’s start to design your own life!

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