Saturday, October 18, 2008

The man without email

An unemployed worker applies at a large corporation the position of a janitor. The HR chief invites him to an interview and subjects him to some tests. After a while, finally the manager declares to him "Congratulations, you got the job. Now, just give me your e-mail address so that I can send you the employment contract as well as the day and time when to start."

The man is distraught and answers that he has no computer and therefore also no email.

"What?!", the manager almost says in dis-belief. He tells him that if he has no email address he virtually does not exist and therefore cannot hold a job! The man leaves in a desperate mood without knowing what to do with his last $10 in his pocket.

Finally he decides to go into a supermarket and to buy a $10 box of strawberries. He starts out with door to door calls in order to sell those strawberries by the pound. He manages to double his capital in 2 hours. He repeats the deal 3 times more and goes home with $60 in his pocket.

He realizes that he can actually survive this way! So he starts every day early and comes home every day late selling strawberries with total faith that his hard work would pay one day. Sure enough, he triples or quadruples his money every day.

A short while later he buys a wheel barrow, then exchanges it later into a truck and sooner or later is the owner of a complete fleet of delivery trucks! Five years go by… and luck and hard work combined to make the man a proud owner of one of the largest food chains in the country.

Now he starts thinking about the future for him and his family and decides to buy a life insurance. He calls an agent and selects a good policy. At the end of the negotiations the agents asks him for his e-mail address to send him a confirmation of the policy. The man tells him that he doesn’t have an e-mail address.

"That is strange!" says the agent, "you have no e-mail and nevertheless you built this large empire. Can you imagine where you would be if you you had an e-mail address?"

The man smiles to reply "I would have been a toilet cleaner in a large corporation."

Technology does not solve all the problems in our lives. Don't let it rule you - make it your slave, not your master.