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Posted on Aug 04, 2008 at 08:55 PM

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 $5.35 an hour. Let 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. Good day.' Stunned, the man leaves Not knowing where to turn and having $10 in his wallet, he walks past a farmers' market and sees a stand selling 25 lb. c rates 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 tak ing 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 fifteen 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 his new circumstances. Then the adviser asks him for his e-mail address in order to send the final documents electronically. When the man replies that he doesn't have time to mess with a computer and has no e-mail address, the insurance man is stunned, 'What, you don't have e-mail? No computer? No Internet? Just think where you would be today if you'd had all of that five years ago!' 'Ha!' snorts the man. 'If I'd had e-mail five years ago I would be sweeping floors at Microsoft and making $5.35 an hour.' Which brings us to the moral of the story: Since you got this story by email or via the internet, you're probably closer to being a janitor than a millionaire. Sadly, I received it also.

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Posted on Nov 28, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Quoting: Originally posted by sunshine3672 Thank-you. Your message of hard work and perseverance to achieve financial freedom means a lot to me right now. Am waking up at 5am and working and working and being a mum etc... I would add in faith and courage to the above.

It is a good message and so is yours. I might also add that it helps to be optimistic and patient.

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Posted on Nov 27, 2008 at 08:03 AM

Thank-you. Your message of hard work and perseverance to achieve financial freedom means a lot to me right now. Am waking up at 5am and working and working and being a mum etc... I would add in faith and courage to the above.

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Posted on Aug 15, 2008 at 03:11 PM

Queenie, if you don't eat tomatoes you will never find a decent man, let alone a millionaire. Remember, those applications go two ways, and the tomato question is on every millionaire's question list. Besides, you can't have beautiful red lips without tomatoes, they won't kiss right either. lol

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Posted on Aug 15, 2008 at 03:13 AM

Have not priced tomatoes lately as I do not buy them...do not eat them. LOL. I do not mind them in sauces, So, you will need to come up with a better plan for me. I still think that I might have the best idea and have considered taking applications...

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People may not remember what you say or do, but they will remember how you made them feel.
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Posted on Aug 13, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Queenie, a million big tomatoes equals a million bucks. Have you priced them lately??

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Posted on Aug 13, 2008 at 05:11 AM

hmmmm. Many great thoughts here. So, since I do not care for tomatoes (even though they are wonderful for tomato wars...) and my family is not interested in what I do, my options are limited. Oh, wait! I just had a great idea!!! (no laughter her The name of this site is the answer. All we have to do is marry a millionaire!!!

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Posted on Aug 12, 2008 at 10:00 PM

note to self grow tomatoes!

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Posted on Aug 08, 2008 at 09:54 AM

You are right hugged. A helpful family is a great asset, and it is hard to find people you can trust. The later is why I have not started several businesses or ventures.

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Posted on Aug 07, 2008 at 05:53 AM

Or you can do it like the Hunt Brothers. Start with a billion, try to corner the silver market and end up in the million dollar range. A million dollars is no big deal today. Many seem to think having a million makes you rich. What about the people that start with many millions and end up with just a measly million or two. I wonder how they feel....

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Posted on Aug 05, 2008 at 01:07 PM

Yes, the message is perseverance and hard work, and it is so true.

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Posted on Aug 05, 2008 at 10:56 AM

WWW - He had a goal and vision with unwavering desired to succeed! And what you posted does happen to a lot of people!

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Posted on Aug 05, 2008 at 07:27 AM

This is a good post that I've seen before and so good to be reminded that with perseverance and vision, you can get ahead. It's true not many don't have access to the net, but is that necessarily a bad thing? lol My Mom is 78 and has never spent a minute online, but I do many of her online needs and she is contemplating taking a basic course. She doesn't drive so doesn't have a driver's license either, and is often asked for it for photo ID but she does have her Health card which has a picture. Society is so geared for the masses with little to no thought of those who are not part of technology.


What is love? Love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone but still getting weak knees when they walk into a room and smile at you. :)
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