A jobless man applied for the position of ‘office boy’ at Microsoft.
The HR manager interviewed him and gave him a test: clean the floor. The man passed with flying colors.
“You’re hired,” HR manager informed the man, “write down your e-mail address and I’ll send you the employment application form and the date you should report for work.
The man replied “I don’t have a computer or an email address!”
“I’m sorry,” said the HR manager. “If you don’t have an email address, that means you do not exist. And we can’t hire people that don’t exist.”
The man was very disappointed.
He didn’t know what to do. He only had $10 with him. Once that is spent, he wouldn’t have any money to buy food.
He went to the supermarket and bought a crate of tomatoes with his last $10. Taking the tomatoes door to door, he sold the tomatoes in less than two hours. He doubled his money.
He repeated the operation three times, and returned home with $80. He realized that he can survive
this way. Each day, he started earlier and finished later.
He tripled his money every day. Eventually, he bought a cart, then a truck and in a short period of time, he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles.
Five years later, the man was running one of the biggest food retailers in the country. He started to plan his family’s future and decided to apply for life insurance.
He called an insurance broker and chose a protection plan.
At the end of the conversation, the broker asked him for his email address.
The man replied: “I don’t have an email address.”
The broker was dumbfounded. “You don’t have an email address and succeeded in building an empire. Can you imagine what you could have been if you had email?,” he exclaimed.
The man thought for a while, and replied, “an office boy at Microsoft!”
This little story has been circling the internet for a while. I read it again recently and wanted to share it (I re-wrote some of the copy so it was easier to read). For such a simple story, it shares some inspiring thoughts.
For me, I have to keep reminding myself that getting hung up on what I don’t have will never help me achieve my goals. Regardless of what I have, chances are, I’ll always want the better camera, faster computer or newer car. They often turn into excuses as to why I can’t achieve my goals.
I have a 4 year old Macbook Pro, 8 year old digital camera and a 22 year old car. I might not have the newest and best things to work with but I’m ahead of people that don’t have these tools at all.
Have you taken anything from the story? What are your thoughts?
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