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Microsoft Janitor or Millionaire.


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:16 AM

An unemployed man goes to apply for a job with Microsoft as a janitor. The manager there arranges for him to take an aptitude test (Section: Floors, sweeping and cleaning).

After the test, the manager says, "You will be employed at minimum wage, $5.15 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 protests that he has neither a computer nor an e-mail address. To this the MS manager replies, "Well, then, that means that you virtually don't exist and can therefore hardly expect to be employed.

Stunned, the man leaves. Not knowing where to turn and having only $10 in his wallet, he decides to buy a 25 lb flat of tomatoes at the supermarket. Within less than 2 hours, he sells all the tomatoes individually at 100% profit. Repeating the process several times more that day, he ends up with almost $100 before going to sleep that night. And thus it dawns on him that he could quite easily make a living selling tomatoes. Getting up early every day and going to bed late, he multiplies his profits quickly.

After a short time he acquires a cart to transport several dozen boxes of tomatoes, only to have to trade it in again so that he can buy a pick-up truck to support his expanding business. By the end of the second year, he is the owner of a fleet of pick-up trucks and manages a staff of a hundred former unemployed people, all selling tomatoes.

Planning for the future of his wife and children, he decides to buy some life insurance. Consulting with an insurance adviser, he picks an insurance plan to fit his new circumstances. At the end of the telephone conversation, the adviser asks him for his e-mail address in order to send the final documents electronically. When the man replies that he has no e-mail, 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 floor cleaner at Microsoft!"

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 can still become a millionaire.
3. Since you got this story via 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 Microsoft.



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 01:49 AM

Nick, that's a great one! :bananas:

 

While it's indeed true that some have went from rags to riches on their computer, maybe I should have dome the same. 

 

#4 is likely true for too many if us, the problem is facing it, especially falling for Windows 8. Not like most of hasn't been shafted at some point. 

 

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 08:26 AM

much as this is potentially a true story i still think of email as the best from of communication. letters take ages and cost money, phone calls cost more money, email is almost instant can carry more information than a letter and costs nothing(yes you need to pay for your connection but that gets you the whole web as well). if he had email he might have been rejected from the cleaner's job for some other reason, he could still have setup the tomato business. the tech wouldn't have stopped him on it's own.


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 01:54 PM

No it wouldn't have stopped him on it's own, however he was looking for work. 

 

Had he been hired, it's unlikely that in an act of desperation, he'd have explored the idea of selling tomatoes. That is, unless he decided that cash couldn't wait until his first paycheck. In that case, he'd have called back & thank the company for hiring him, but better opportunity arose. 

 

There are a few locals around here who in essence, done the same thing, just not on so large of a scale. Began selling extras out of the garden, as many prefers fresh, local vegetables over that of those which comes from who knows where. In no time, their customers were purchasing as much as the garden would produce, requiring the need to expand garden space. 

 

No, none of them became millionaires, but most wished that they had bought 50-100 acres of land 25 years back. Had they done so, it's a good chance they'd be as well off. 

 

As to the man in the story, he had ambition within himself. Had it not been tomatoes that allowed him to rise, it'd have been something else. There is opportunity for everyone, it's up to each of us to discover our own. 

 

That's how I see the story. Honest work & ambition pays off.  :)

 

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 06:30 PM

 

1. The Internet, e-mail and e-commerce do not need to rule your life.

 

Just as an aside, there was a story in our press the other day that the Scottish Youth Hostel Association is offering internet / tablet / mobile phone free weekends at their hostel in Lochranza for those wishing to break or reduce their dependency on instantaneous electronic communication.

 

I haven't seen any figures on take-up yet, though.

 

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 09:29 PM

To become a millionaire, you must... create a plan... stick to your plan(s)... remain focused... develop/maintain a millionaire mindset!  Any person can become a millionaire if they have the right mindset and discipline. Having a millionaire mindset increases your chances of becoming a millionaire ten fold. 


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Posted 30 September 2014 - 05:54 AM

Fuzzy logic not-very-well-disguised as MS bashing.



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Posted 29 October 2014 - 06:34 PM

One of the best and ispiring stories I had read.



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Posted 29 October 2014 - 10:44 PM

It's been awhile since this one began, and I agree, this Topic is indeed inspiring. An example for many to follow. 

 

I feel that no matter what, the man that's the center of the story was headed for success, no matter what. Because it was in his mind, and he didn't let a bump in the road get him down (the job turn down). 

 

If one thinks about it a minute, some of the biggest names in technology started with the same or less. Bill Gates & Steve Jobs are two examples of those with the will & determination. Anyone with the right idea can succeed, if the person is dedicated & don't let bumps & curves along the way phase the long term plan. Because there will be low spots, where one has to dig deep from within to carry on. That's that it takes to succeed, being able to adjust on the fly, and never consider giving up. 

 

Now to another point that Nick brings up. 

 

 

 

 If you do have a computer and e-mail, you have already been taken to the cleaners by Microsoft.

 

Chances are, this is very true. Especially one who has 5 or more computers in use. Another OS is around the corner, and though rumored to be free, that remains to be seen. 

 

However, that doesn't have to be that way, the paying for an OS. 

 

This post was written on Linux Mint 17. 

 

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 12:24 PM

That makes sense, Cat.



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Posted 30 October 2014 - 04:06 PM

I think some people missed the fact that this is a joke.

 

 

Fuzzy logic not-very-well-disguised as MS bashing.

Somebody hand me a baseball bat then I can bash Microsoft the proper way.






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