Story of the Day: Jobless Man Applies for Position of Office Boy at a Big Firm

We're made to believe that we must fit into a certain box to make it big. Once we expand our horizons, we realize that there's always another way to do things. 

One day, an employed man walked into a large firm for an interview as an office clerk. The human resource manager conducted the interview then gave the man a test that involved cleaning the floor. 

"You're hired," said the man. "Just give me your email address and I'll send you the application so you can fill in your information. I'll give you a call to know when to start." 

The man replied, "Actually, I don't have a computer or an email address right now." 

Two men shake hands | Photo: Pixabay

Two men shake hands | Photo: Pixabay

"Then I'm sorry," said the HP manager. "If you don't have an email address, it practically means you don't exist. If you don't exist, you can't have the job." 

The man slumped away, feeling extremely discouraged. He only had $10 left in his pocket and wondered what he could do with it. 

The man went to the supermarket and purchased a 22-lb crate of tomatoes. He then went door to door selling the fruits. 

In just under two hours, the man managed to double his capital. He repeated the same thing three twice before returning home with $60. 

Tomatoes in a crate | Photo: Pixabay

Tomatoes in a crate | Photo: Pixabay


The unemployed man realized that he could survive this way. He decided to go out earlier every day, returning home late at night. 

Soon enough, he bought a food cart, then a track, and before long, he had a fleet of delivery vehicles. 

Five years later, the man was the manager of one of the biggest food retailers in the US. He began to plan for his family's future. 

The first step was to take out life insurance. He called an insurance broker and chose which protection plan he wanted. 

Several crates of tomatoes | Photo: Pixabay

Several crates of tomatoes | Photo: Pixabay

As the conversation was wrapping up, the broker asked the man for his email. The man answered, "I don't have an email address." 


The broker was surprised. "You don't have an email and yet you've succeeded in building this huge empire. Can you imagine what you could have been if you had an email?" 

The man pondered on this before answering, "I suppose I could have been an office clerk!" 

It goes to show that despite its infusion in daily life, the internet is not the solution to all life's answers. 

Just like this man did, once you work hard, you can become a millionaire. 


One day, a farmer was setting up a sign for some puppies he had to sell. He began nailing the sign to a post on the edge of his yard. On the last nail, he felt someone tugging his overalls. 

He looked down to see a bright-eyed little boy watching him. "Mister," said the boy, "I'd like to buy one of your puppies please."

Two puppies look through a fence | Photo: Pixabay

Two puppies look through a fence | Photo: Pixabay


The farmer responded, "Well, these puppies come from fine parents and cost quite some money. He wiped some sweat off the back of his neck. 

The boy lowered his head for a moment. Then, he reached into his back pocket and pulled out a handful of change. 

He raised it up for the farmer to see. "I've got 41 cents here. Is that enough just to take a look?" "Sure," replied the farmer.

With that, the man let out a long whistle. "Here, Fluffly!" he called out. 

A puppy rests in someone's arm | Photo: Pixabay

A puppy rests in someone's arm | Photo: Pixabay

Immediately, Fluffy the dog ran out from her dog house and down the ramp to where the man and the boy were standing. 

Behind here ran four little balls of fur. The little boy put his face right up to the chain-link fence and his eyes sparkled with delight. 


As the dogs approached the barrier, the little boy noticed something in the corner of his eye where the doghouse was. 

Slowly, another ball of fur appeared. This one was smaller than the rest, but it slid down the ramp. 

Then, somewhat awkwardly, the tiny pup hobbled toward its siblings, looking intent on catching up. 

"I want that one," the boy said as he pointed to the last pup. The farmer knelt to the boy's level and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy.

"He'll never be able to run and play with you like the other ones." 

Upon hearing that, the little boy took a step back from the fence, bent down, and started to roll up a leg of his trousers. 

He revealed a steel brace underneath, going from both sides of the leg and then finishing at a specially-made shoe. 

A boy holds a smiling puppy | Photo: Pixabay

A boy holds a smiling puppy | Photo: Pixabay

The little boy looked up at the farmer again and said, "You see, mister. I don't run too well either and he'll need someone who understands."

There are a lot of people in the world who just need someone who understands.

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