What are you going to do with your lucky lottery ticket? That's a question every MBA faces. A lot of time and money has been invested in you, and once you graduate you're supposed to cash that ticket in for as much money and status as you can. Your parents and peers expect it. And you may feel that there's really no other choice. You can't risk wasting that expensive education. It's the safe thing to do. Isn't it? Mark Albion doesn't think so. In "The Good Life", a movie by FreeRange Graphics, Mark takes you to a chance meeting between an MBA and a fisherman on a small island. As the MBA tries to teach the fisherman about business, the fisherman teaches him about life.


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  • Michael

    I've heard the story told before and never tire of hearing it. Years ago I gave up a prominent teaching position (and with it an endless work load, stress, meetings etc etc) to become a self-employed professional storyteller. I don't have a lot of money but I have time, time to watch the sun rise, time to go for walks, time for friends and family, and time to enjoy my passion for story. It was a difficult choice and not without sacrifice but I don't regret it and am grateful for the gifts I have been given as a result. Thanks for the reminder Mark!

  • DutchFreckle

    Embrace whats important 2 u!

  • ArunChikkop

    Are You living a good Life????

  • Pat Chiappa

    the MBA never heard the fisherman's very first response, "I have enough..."

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  • Terrence Mohr

    Here's a free Indian prophecy that says it all: Only after the last tree has been cut down, Only after the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

  • Diane Emerson

    I had heard this story years ago, and loved it then, too. It can never be repeated enough. I have an MBA, and my goal after graduation was to be the vice president of a Fortune 500 company. After 17 years, I had worked my way up to a 6 figure income, and the stock options. But it was only when I started being invited to socialize on weekends with the current VPs that I realized what a dead end track I was on - and how miserable I would be if I actually reached my goal. I saw it for what it was - an empty life of making and spending money on stuff, and then managing the stuff. I quit not long after, traveled, moved to New Zealand, and became an independent business consultant. After 10 years of that, I gave away most of my possessions, and have been a nomadic volunteer for the past 5 years. I have finally discovered the joy of few possessions, and the greater joy of living to give what you can give rather than to get what you can get. I wish I had learned the lesson sooner, but when you are inside the corporate bubble, doing what society tells you is success, it is hard to see reality.

  • Leslie

    It beautifully illustrated what Lao-Tzu said..."To know when you have enough is to be rich beyond measure."

  • HiMe

    It inspired a broad realization of happiness, peace, and contentment inside me and a committment to keep the awareness and nurture those feelings.

  • ghadon

    yeahhhhhhhhh peace,goodness, LOVE and love and LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE is beyond all treasures of the world

  • Susan

    I loved how the MBA dude talked himself right into a circle and didnt have to be told how riduclous his idea was for the old fisherman...who was already living the life of a retired and very content human being.

  • biren

    though i have heard this story many times... i clicked for this video out of curiousity. my reaction surprised me. :) i was overwhelmed and crying... WHAT? How come? that's exactly what i asked myself... and i became aware of the pain... my pining... for simplicity in everything about my life. i realised how i was yearning for cutting across and destroying all complexities in and around my life... good thing to be shown, and Re-minded... thank you, Mark A. and kArMa. :)

  • Audrey

    I love this parable. It reminds me of a quote by Abraham Lincoln, "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." There are so many parts of life that are beyond measure. Thank you for reminding me of that today. :)

  • Debalina Roy

    This video inspired me to ponder about the simple ideals which are true to life.We need to give our existence a simplistic identity and find a holistic goal.

  • Jagdish P Dave

    The parable helps us to reflect on how we miss simple joys of life by pursuing the mirage of making more and having more at the cost of happiness we all chase. A good lesson to share with children and parents and friends especially at this time and always. Jagdish P Dave

  • bilkis yusuf hussain

    money cannot buy happiness, peace and satisfaction comes from within,taking pleasure with family and friends is what makes one happy and contented, relax and enjoy before you fizzle out; working hard to make money which in the end does not bring hapiness

  • Raj P

    Great stuff...getting it right...the basics of a happy life without signing up for the rat race

  • Maria S.

    Work smart, not hard. I liked the fisherman's comment after each proposed business expansion - then what? Why work so hard just to expand and increase business, if it is all right here?

  • Gopinath R

    Quite an eye opener, Makes me feel real good, have always felt that and that is why i quit my white collar job at the age of 22 itself and now pursuing my interest in learning about people and preparing articles and started doing exactly what karma tube is doing right now, and guess what my age is now 22 years and 5 months.

  • Tom

    This story reminds of a book Acres of Diamonds where often our opportunity our wealth is right behind our feet. Develope and cultivates the gifts we have within

  • Katy O'Leary

    In Spirational!!! Doing what he loves and giving back at the same time. . . Wow! The best thing is the freedom he feels. I can do it too!!!

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