I Don’t Have an Email Address


A young unemployed man heard that there was a job opening for the position of “Office Boy” at a big company and he went to their HR department to apply for it.

After a very short interview, the HR administrator said:

“You are hired! I will send you the application to fill out, so you start on Monday. What is your email address?”

The man said “Madam, I don’t have an email address. I don’t have a computer either.”

Surprised to hear this, the personnel manager said “I find this unacceptable. Everyone has an email. We live in a world of technology,” said the woman and she continued, “I am sorry but you cannot have the job. Go and learn how to set up an email account.”

The man left in despair. He had only $10 in his pocket. He could not decide what to do next.

Finally he came up with an idea. He entered a supermarket, bought a 10 kg tomato crate and then he sold the tomatoes door to door. In less than 1 hour he doubled his capital. He did the same thing 3 more times and when he finished he returned home with $80 USD. The man repeated this business the next day and the day after, and so forth. Every day his money doubled or tripled. In time, he bought a cart, then a truck, then his own fleet of trucks.

Five years later, that man had become one of the biggest food retailers. One day he decided to have a life insurance policy and went to an insurance company. After a long conversation with the insurance broker, the latter asked him his email to send him the contract in digital form. The man replied: “I don’t have an email.”

The broker was surprised to hear that. “You don’t have an email, and yet you have built an empire. Do you imagine what you could be today if you had an email?”

The man paused for a while, and replied: “An office boy!”

Don’t be discouraged if you have bad luck today. Better opportunities are always waiting ahead.



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