American Red, White & Blue
An unemployed man is
desperate to support his family of a wife and three kids. He
applies for a janitor's job at a large firm and easily passes
an aptitude test.
The human resources manager tells
him, "You will be hired at minimum wage of $5.15 an
hour. Let me have your e-mail address so that we can get you
in the computer. Our system will automatically e-mail you all
the forms and advise you when to start and where to report on
your first day."
Taken back, the man protests
that he is poor and has neither a computer nor a e-mail
To this the manager replies, "You must
understand that to a company like ours that means that you
virtually do not exist.
Without a e-mail address you
can hardly expect to be employed by a high-tech firm. Good
Stunned, the man leaves. Not knowing where
to turn and having $10 in his wallet, he walks past a
farmers' market and sees a stand selling 25 lb. crates of
beautiful red tomatoes.
He buys a crate, carries it to
a busy corner and displays the
tomatoes. In less than 2
hours he sells all the tomatoes and makes 100% profit.
Repeating the process several times more that day, he ends up
with almost $100 and arrives home that night with several
bags of groceries for his family.
During the night he
decides to repeat the tomato business the next day. By the
end of the week he is getting up early every day and working
into the night. He multiplies his profits quickly. Early in
the second week he acquires a cart to transport several boxes
of tomatoes at a time, but before a month is up he sells the
cart to buy a broken-down pickup truck. At the end of a year
he owns three old trucks. His two sons have left their
neighborhood gangs to help him with the tomato business, his
wife is buying the tomatoes, and his daughter is taking night
courses at the community college so she can
keep books for
him. By the end of the second year he has a dozen very nice
used trucks and employ s fifteen previously unemployed
people, all selling tomatoes. He continues to work
Time passes and at the end of the fifth year he
owns a fleet of nice trucks and a warehouse which his wife
supervises, plus two tomato farms that the boys manage. The
tomato company's payroll has put hundreds of homeless and
jobless people to work. His daughter reports that the
business grossed a million dollars.
Planning for the
future, he decides to buy some life insurance.
with an insurance adviser, he picks an insurance plan to fit
his new circumstances. Then the adviser asks him for his
e-mail address in order to send the final documents
When the man replies that he doesn't
have time to mess with a computer and has no e-mail address,
the insurance man is stunned, "What, you don't have
e-mail? No computer? No Internet? Just think where you would
be today if you'd had all of that five years ago!"
snorts the man. "If I'd had e-mail five years ago I
would be sweeping floors and making $5.15 an hour".
brings us to the moral:.........................
you got this story by e-mail, you're probably closer to being
a janitor than a millionaire.
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