Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend.
It’s a nice twist on the original.
Brings back memories of teaching my youngest son to fish. Caught every exotic animal in the sea that afternoon. Not one of them could be eaten. Topped it off with a moment of ‘motto skill madness’ when I clumsily dropped the mobile in between the rocks and into the deep blue.
Fish I like. (I even cleaned out the tank the other day). Fishing I’m not so keen on.
But the Chinese were on to something. Serving up fish is a daily millstone. Buy them a rod, give them a couple of your ‘secret spots’, take away the mystery and if their livelihood depends on it, they’ve got every motivation in the world to get real good at it, real quick.
To not be needed can be very satisfying.
A lifetime of handouts or a lending hand. To not be needed, development’s goal. Job done.
Time to go fishing, … or something.
(original proverb – Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Lao Tzu)