Jan 22 2012

Mid-Month Newsletter – January 2012

Welcome to our RetireForLessInCostaRica.com Newsletter!

Paul & Gloria




In this issue:

  • Is Learning Spanish Your New Year’s Resolution? – How to Learn Spanish in 2012 (Video)
  • The Story of the Businessman and the Fisherman – A Parable for Today


    Is Learning Spanish Your New Year’s Resolution? – How to Learn Spanish in 2012

    I don’t know about you, but the goal of learning a new language is daunting. In getting ready for our move to Costa Rica, I knew that knowing some of the language would help me with the huge transition of living in another country and another culture. We read the reviews for various language learning programs and decided on Visual Link Spanish. It gave me a great working foundation of Spanish that helped me in our day-to-day lives and got me speaking in full (though short) sentences with the first lesson. Visual Link Spanish is now producing a series of instructional videos to help you learn the Spanish language, and we will feature one in each of our upcoming newsletters.

    Especially for those of you who want to make 2012 the year you learn Spanish, we offer this first video:


    If you would like to claim you free Visual Link Spanish lessons, click here or on the “Free Spanish Lessons” image in the top right sidebar of every page on our website.

    The Story of the Businessman and the Fisherman – A Parable for Today

    You may have heard this little story before, but we think it is a great reminder of the joys of a simple life well lived — something to think about as we start a new year.

    The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Costa Rican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the Tico on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Tico replied only a little while.

    The businessman then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish? The Tico said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The businessman then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time? The Tico fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos; I have a full and busy life, señor.”

    The businessman scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City where you would run your expanding enterprise.”

    The Tico fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?” To which the businessman replied, “15-20 years.” “But what then, señor?” The businessman laughed and said, “That’s the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.”

    “Millions, señor? Then what?” The businessman said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

    The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “Isn’t that what I’m doing right now?”



    NOTE: The author of this story is unknown, though it has been reprinted for years with some variations. I must confess that the version I used features a Mexican fisherman, which I changed to a Costa Rican (Tico) fisherman.


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    We are often asked by readers how we made the decision to retire in Costa Rica. One of the first steps in our process was to read everything we could find on the topic. You can read our about our book recommendations here. And when you are ready to buy, just click on the link for our Retire for Less in Costa Rica Amazon.com Store, located in the sidebar on every page of our website. You can also buy music, DVDs, and gourmet items, including Costa Rica’s signature Lizano Sauce and Cafe Britt’s Dark Chocolate Covered Gourmet Coffee Beans. Be assured, all orders are processed securely through Amazon.com.


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      That’s all for this month, but we’ll be back in touch soon!  If you enjoy our newsletter, please share it with your friends.  We hope to see you online!

      Gloria & Paul Yeatman
      San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica

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