The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever. The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did not like the taste.

To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish. The frozen fish brought a lower price . So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving.

They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish .

So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan?
Here is how Japanese fish stay fresh?

To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are challenged. They don’t get sluggish or take the life easy. The fear of shark keeps the fish on toes (oops on fins) and hence they stay lively, energetic and fresh.

Do you realize that all of us are also living in a pond of life but most of the time we get tired and dull and sluggish and forget our life’s goals? So we need a shark in our life to keep us awake and moving? Basically, in our lives sharks are new challenges, new obstacles, new hardships and new threats that keep us active and lively. If your life is not challenged and you are not giving your 100%, breed a shark in your life.

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