This story pretty much sums up our tech-crazy society.
An unemployed man applies for a job as a cleaner at Microsoft. HR invites him to an interview, and asks him to clean the floor as a test.
The test goes well, and the HR rep tells him:
“We’d love to have you. Please log onto Facebook and like our page so that we can continue the process.”
The man replies that he doesn’t own a computer or have a Facebook account.
The HR rep tell him that without a Facebook account he has no digital presence, and is therefore not eligible for the job.
The man leaves the building in despair. He’s only got 10 dollars left to his name. He walks to the closest supermarket and buys 5 pounds of tomatoes.
He then walks door to door selling the tomatoes, thereby doubling his capital.
He does this three more times, and at the end of the day he’s got 160 dollars. He realizes that he’s found a way to make a living, and starts working early in the morning until late evening. Every day he quadruples his capital.
Soon he is able to buy a small car, then a truck, and after a few years a whole fleet of vehicles to deliver the groceries. Within 5 years, he owns one of the largest grocery delivery services in the US.
He starts planning for his eventual retirement, and contacts a financial adviser to discuss how best to ensure a safe future for him and his family.
After a successful counseling session, the adviser asks him if he’s going to announce on Facebook that his retirement plan is worked out and no longer a problem.
The man answers that he doesn’t have a computer or a Facebook account. The adviser says:
“That’s odd. You’ve built this whole empire without even being on Facebook. Think of what you could have accomplished if you would have had a computer!”
The man replies:
“Yes, I could have been a cleaner at Microsoft.”
What’s the takeaway from this?
Internet is not the be-all and end-all.
1. If you want a job at Microsoft, you need to be a Facebook user.
2. Even without Facebook or a computer, you can still become a millionaire through hard work.
3. If you read this story via Facebook or on your computer, you’ve got a bigger chance of becoming a cleaner than a millionaire.
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