I just read this AMAZING story in a LinkedIn group I actively contribute toward & thought you’d appreciate it!
Setting: An unemployed worker applies to Microsoft for the position of Janitor. After going through tests and interviews, the H.R. manager informs him that he is selected and requests his email address so he can send the employment contract and details of the day and time to start work. 🙂
The man is distraught and answers that he has no computer and therefore he has no email. The H.R. boss tells him that if he has no email address he virtually does not exist and therefore cannot hold a job! 🙁
The man leaves in a desperate mood without knowing what to do, with his last $10 in his pocket. Finally he decides to go into a supermarket and to buy a 10 lb box of strawberries. He starts selling them door to door by the pound. He manages to double his capital in 2 hours. He repeats the deal 3 times more and goes home with $60 in his pocket. He comes to see that he can survive this way. He starts every day earlier and come home every day later. So he triples or quadruples his money every day.
A short time later he buys a wheel barrow, that he exchanges later into a truck and sooner or later he is the owner of a complete fleet of delivery truck…. 5 years go by….. The man is now the proud owner of one of the largest food chain stores in the U.S.A.!!
Now he starts thinking about the future for him and his family and decides to buy a life insurance policy. He calls an agent and selects a good policy. At the end of the negotiations, the agent asks him for his email address to send him a confirmation of the policy. The man tells him that he doesn’t have an email address!!! That’s strange says the agent, you have no email address and nevertheless you built this large empire. Can you imagine where would you be if you had an email address??
The man briefly thinks and answers: I would have been a toilet cleaner with the Microsoft Corporation!
- Moral 1 of the story: The internet does not solve all the problems in our lives
- Moral 2 of the story: When you have no email address but work hard you can be a millionaire
- Moral 3 of the story: (improvised from the original by me) If you’ve received this story by email you are closer to a janitor than a millionaire, but if you’re read this story because you’re interested in learning & increasing your development & growth.. than you’re closer to being a millionaire than a janitor
Obviously this man was a close friend to Peixoto the Portuguese fisherman 😉