It's Funny How Things Work Out

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So i heard this story many years ago and i just read it again now and decided to share it with you guys. I'm sure many of you have heard this before but i'm equally sure there's plenty who haven't.

An unemployed man goes to apply for a job with Microsoft as a janitor. The manager there gives him an interview After the interview, the manager says, "You will be employed at minimum wage, $5.15 an hour. Let me have your e-mail address, so that I can send you a form to complete and tell you where to report for work on your first day."

The poor man tells the manager that he does not have an email address or a computer. To which the manager replied that he needs an email address to work with Microsoft, even if it's as janitor. Unfortunately this guy doesn't get the job.

Stunned, the man leaves. Not knowing where to turn and having only $10 in his wallet, he decides to buy a 25-pound flat of tomatoes at the supermarket. Within less than two hours, he sells all the tomatoes individually at 100 percent profit. Repeating the process several times more that day, he ends up with almost $100 before going to sleep that night.

And thus it dawns on him that he could quite easily make a living selling tomatoes. Getting up early every day and going to bed late, he multiplies his profits quickly. After a short time he acquires a cart to transport several dozen boxes of tomatoes, only to have to trade it in again so that he can buy a pickup truck to support his expanding business. By the end of the second year, he is the owner of a fleet of pickup trucks and manages a staff of 100 formerly unemployed people, all selling tomatoes.

Planning for the future of his wife and children, he decides to buy some life insurance. Consulting with an insurance adviser, he picks an insurance plan to fit his new circumstances. At the end of the telephone conversation, the adviser asks him for his e-mail address in order to send the final documents electronically.

When the man replies that he has no e-mail, the adviser is stunned, "What, you don't have e-mail? How on earth have you managed to amass such wealth without the Internet, e-mail, and e-commerce? Just imagine where you would be now, if you had been connected to the Internet from the very start!"

After a moment of thought, the tomato millionaire replied, "Why, of course! I would be a Janitor at Microsoft!"

Not sure about whether this story is true or not, but it sure is an interesting read.

To Your Success,
#funny #things #work
  • Profile picture of the author Justin Tyme
    That's a pretty good story, and I have heard a variant of it before.

    Just goes to show that you really can change your life when you just take the required action and believe in yourself.

    Their is only 1 way to predict your future, and that is to create it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    When one door closes another one opens
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  • Profile picture of the author jfalxr
    Have heard about it before.. It's a good story..

    I guess is the point is:
    Sometimes a failure in one place can bring us to the success in another place
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Many years ago I was working as a call centre operator for a major bank.
    They had team leaders who supervised each team of 12-14 people. I sometimes filled in for our team leader and I kept asking to apply for team leader roles when they became vacant. I was told repeatedly that I didn't have enough experience. Yet I saw people around me with less experience get the roles.

    Prior to that I had been a call centre manager but for small centres of up to 20 people.

    One day I applied for a job as a manager and supervising between 60-100 operators and a few admin staff as well. I took a "sickie" to apply.
    I had the interview in the morning. They asked me to come back at lunch time to meet the directors of the company who would only be 2 levels above me.
    At the end of the same day I got a call and was offered the job and, of course, I accepted.

    The next day I walked into my call centre manager's office and told her that I had kept applying for roles as team leaders but was told repeatedly that I did not have enough experience but now I got a job as a MANAGER so I had jumped 2 steps instead of one.
    Her jaw dropped. I had to use up my annual leave so I worked 3 more days and instead of working the remainder of the 4 weeks I had to give when resigning, I left after the 3 days and then started the new job.

    I share this story because it's so true that you have to keep pushing to achieve your goals, even if one hurdle is in your way.

    Cheers, Laurence. Read my Warriors for Hire ad.
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