An unemployed man is desperate to
support his family of a wife and three kids.
He applies for a janitor's job at a
large firm and easily passes an aptitude test.
The human resources manager tells
him, "You will be hired at minimum wage of $9.35 an hour.
me have your e-mail address so that we can get you
in the loop. Our system will automatically e-mail you all the forms
and advise you when to start and where to report on your first day."
Taken aback, the man protests that he
is poor and has neither a computer nor an e-mail address.
To this the manager replies,
"You must understand that to a company like ours that means that you
virtually do not exist. Without an e-mail
address you can hardly expect to be employed by a high-tech firm.
Stunned, the man leaves. Not
knowing where to turn and having $10 in his
wallet, he walks past a farmers' market and sees stand selling 25 lb.
crates of beautiful red tomatoes.
He buys a crate, carries it to
a busy corner and displays the tomatoes.
In less than 2 hours he sells all the
tomatoes and makes 100% profit. Repeating the process several times
more that day, he ends up with almost $100 and arrives home
that night with several bags of groceries for his family.
During the night he decides to repeat
the tomato business the next day. By the end of the week he is
getting up early every day and working into the night. He multiplies
his profits quickly.
Early in the second week he acquires
a cart to transport several boxes of
tomatoes at a time, but before a month is up he sells the cart to buy
a broken-down pickup truck.
At the end of a year he owns three
old trucks. His two sons have left their neighborhood gangs to help
him with the tomato business, his wife is buying the tomatoes, and his
daughter is taking night courses at the community college so she can keep books for him.
By the end of the second year he has
a dozen very nice used trucks and employs
15 previously unemployed people, all selling tomatoes. He continues to work hard.
Time passes and at the end of the
fifth year he owns a fleet of nice trucks and a warehouse that his wife
supervises, plus two tomato farms that
the boys manage.
The tomato company's payroll has put
hundreds of homeless
and jobless people to work. His daughter reports that the business
grossed over one million dollars.
Planning for the future, he decides
to buy some life insurance.
Consulting with an insurance adviser,
he picks an insurance plan to fit