"Si nous avons chacun un objet et que nous les échangeons, nous avons chacun un objet. Si nous avons chacun une idée et que nous les échangeons, nous avons chacun deux idées." - Proverbe Chinois

domingo, 22 de agosto de 2010

Tomatoes vs Internet (modern fable)

An unemployed man went to apply for a job as a cleaner for a large well-known computer and technology company. The manager said, "You will be paid $45 a day. Let me have your email address, so that I can send you a form to complete." Surprised, the unemployed man explained that he didn't have a computer or an email address. The manager replied, "Well, then, that means that you virtually don't exist and can therefore hardly expect to be employed." Stunned, the man left.
The unemployed man did not know what to do, because he had been unemployed for a long time and had only $10 left. He decided to buy a 10-pound box of tomatoes at the supermarket. Within less than two hours, he sold the tomatoes for twice what he paid for them. The unemployed man realized that he could make a living by selling tomatoes, so he repeated this process several times a day for two years. By the end of the second year, he became the owner of a large tomato store and employed one hundred previously unemployed people.

Now that the man owned a large tomato store and was very rich, he decided it was necessary to buy life insurance in order to provide for his wife and children in the future. So one day he called an insurance advisor, and at the end of the telephone conversation, the insurance advisor asked him for his email address, so that he might forward the man some documents. The man replied that he didn't have an email address. The insurance advisor exclaimed, "What? How did you manage to become so rich without the Internet, email, and e-commerce? Just imagine where you would have been by now if you had been connected to the Internet from the very start!"

Lesson: working hard makes you successful, with or without technology