A jobless man applied for the position of “office boy” at a very big company.
The employer interviewed him, then gave him a test: to clean the floor.
“You are hired.” the employer said. ”Give me your email address, and I’ll send you the application to fill, as well as when you will start.”
The man replied, “I don’t have a computer, neither an email.”
“I’m sorry,” said the employer, “if you don’t have an email , you cannot have the job.”
The man left with no hope. He didn’t know what to do, with only $10 USD in his pocket.
He then decided to go to the supermarket, bought a 10 kg tomato crate, then sold the tomatoes door to door. In less than two hours, he succeeded and doubled his capital. He repeated the operation 3 times and returned home with $60 USD. The man realized that he could survive by this way, and started to go everyday earlier, and returned late. Thus, his money doubled or tripled everyday. Shortly later, he bought a cart, then a truck, and then he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles.
Five years later, the man’s company was one of the biggest food retailers. He started to plan his family’s future, and decided to have a life insurance. He called an insurance broker and chose a protection plan. When the conversation was concluded, the broker asked him for his email. The man replied: “I don’t have an email.”
The broker replied curiously, “You don’t have an email, and yet have succeeded to build an empire. Do you imagine what position you could have if you had an email?”
The man paused for a while, and replied: “An office boy!”
Lessons from this story:
- When someone does not give you an opportunity it is not over. Find someone who will, or make one for yourself.
- Hearing someone say NO to you, or you are not capable of doing something you know you are is hurtful. But if they do not see value and opportunity in you chances are you would never have been happy working for/with them anyway.
- To many people judge others by their experiences from their past and do not give value to how hard they have worked to get where they are. Knowledge and skill can be learned and trained. But willpower, sense of responsibility, and loyalty only truly valuable people posses. Finding such people is like finding treasure. They will learn and sharpen their skills to be the best if you only give them the opportunity to do so.
- Already learned skills and knowledge is important, but too many people lay back and let their career resume speak for them and do not put in the work. On the other hand “hungry” people looking for opportunities to prove themselves will surprise you what they can do and learn.
Are there any lessons I missed from this story? Please let me know in the comment section.
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