Enjoying the Moment – Duncan Lewis, Eaglei

I have always been somebody that advocates learning from the past, planning for the future and living in the present. But what does this really mean? I think that I may have reached a point in my life when I have found the answer.

My yoga teacher says that ‘70% is enough’. For me, this means that during my class I commit as much as I feel able, including pushing myself at times. However, I do not compare myself to others or strive for something that my body is simply not capable of achieving. I try to find a place where my body and mind are working in sync and accept that this is where I am at – in that moment.

Maybe this is a thought process that comes with a level of maturity. But I have reached a stage in my life (and career) where I feel comfortable not to strive to run faster, jump higher or increase turnover and profit in my business year on year. There are most definitely things I still want to achieve and this certainly does not mean that I am any less committed to what I do. But to take time to enjoy the moment, and relinquish any feeling of pressure that I may place on myself, is now the most important consideration.

For me, it’s not about work-life separation or balance. It is about work-life integration; aiming to get the most benefit, fulfilment and enjoyment from whatever it is I am doing now.

I am reminded of this short story I read again recently..

The Fisherman

There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small village on the coast.

As he sat, he saw a fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite a few big fish. The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, ‘How long does it take you to catch so many fish?’

The fisherman replied, ‘Oh, just a couple of hours.’

‘Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?’ asked the businessman.

‘This is enough to feed my whole family,’ the fisherman said.

‘But it’s only 2pm!’ said the businessman. ‘So, what do you do for the rest of the day?’

The fisherman smiled and replied, ‘Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap and each evening I stroll into the village with my wife and join my friends for a drink; we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night. I have a full and wonderful life.’

The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman. ‘I am a successful business man. I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village to the city where you can set up HQ to manage your other branches.’

The fisherman asked, ‘And after that?’

The businessman laughed heartily, ‘After that, you can live like a king in your own house and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares on the Stock Exchange and you will be rich!’

The fisherman asked, ‘And after that?’

The businessman explained enthusiastically, ‘After that, you can finally retire. You can move to a house by a fishing village; wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with your kids. In the afternoon, take a nap and each evening stroll into the village with your wife and join your friends for a drink; you can play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night. You would have a full and wonderful life!’

The fisherman smiled at the businessman, quietly gathered his catch and walked away.


Duncan’s business Eaglei delivers bespoke training workshops and coaching sessions in Public Speaking, Communication and Presentation Skills. If you’re nervous about public speaking, want to improve pitching for business or brush up your interview skills, Duncan and his Associates give you the practical skills and confidence on how to perform with authenticity.

Duncan also offers the option to deliver key motivational messages to your staff or students, as well as MC and host your event with confidence and authority. He works all around the UK, but predominantly in the businesses and education sectors across Yorkshire.

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