An unemployed man went to apply for a job as a janitor. The manager arranged for him to take an aptitude test.
After the test, the manager said, “You will be employed at the minimum wage of $5.75 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.
Taken aback, the man protested that he had neither a computer nor an e-mail address. To this, the manager replied, “Well, then, that means that you virtually don’t exist and can therefore hardly expect to be employed.
Stunned, the man left. Not knowing where to turn and having only $10 in his wallet, he decided to buy a 25-pound flat of tomatoes at the supermarket. Within less than 2 hours, he had sold all of the tomatoes individually at a 100-percent profit. Repeating the process several times more that day, he ended up with almost $100 before going to sleep that night.
And so it dawned on him that he could quite easily make a living selling tomatoes. Getting up early every day and going to bed late, he multiplied his profits quickly.
After a short time, he acquired a cart to transport several dozen boxes of tomatoes, only to have to trade it in again so that he could buy a pickup truck to support his expanding business. By the end of the second year, he was the owner of a fleet of pickup trucks and managed a staff of a hundred formerly unemployed people, all selling tomatoes.
Planning for the future of his wife and children, he decided to buy some life insurance. Consulting with an insurance adviser, he picked an insurance plan to fit his new circumstances. At the end of the telephone conversation, the adviser asked him for his e-mail address in order to send the final documents electronically.
When the man replied that he had no e-mail address, 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!”
Moral of this story:
1. The internet, e-mail, and e-commerce do not need to rule your life.
2. If you don’t have e-mail, but work hard, you might still become a millionaire.
3. If you got this story by e-mail, you’re probably closer to becoming a janitor than you are to becoming a millionaire.
4. If you do have a computer and e-mail, you have already been taken to the cleaners.
by Author Unknown
Is this a fictional story? We don’t know, but we think it is interesting enough to share with others because the lessons within it might be reasons for all of us to pause and think.