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#1149 Wings Over The Mountains of Life

The Janitor

An unemployed man goes to apply for a job with Microsoft as a 

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 

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-

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!"

Author Unknown

The MountainWings moral of the story:

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

2. If you don't have e-mail, but work hard, you can still become 
a millionaire.

3. There are much greater connections than the Internet.

4. E-mail addresses are free, and companies are begging you to 
take one. What does that tell you?

5. Seeing that you got this story via e-mail, are you closer to 
becoming a janitor than you are to becoming a millionaire? 

If the answer is janitor, then e-mail is obviously not the 
key to money.

6. If you take what you have, and multiply it each day, not only 
will you become a millionaire, you will also become a 
billionaire. That equation works for all things in life.

7. It is far better to be a happy janitor than an unhappy 
millionaire, but all other things being equal, it is better to 
be a happy millionaire than a happy janitor. 
You can help more people.

8. Closed doors are often blocks to the wrong path.

9. Unbeknown to most, the janitor in many corporations, is actually
happier and sleeps better than the CEO.

10.It's really not the job that's the bottom line to your happiness. 


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