Let us not be afraid of rejection, neither to change. It could be a redirection to something better. We may lose something good, but we may gain something better. Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place. Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams we never even knew we had as we learn from a tomato story inspired by the writings of an unknown writer. 

As the story goes, a jobless man applied for the position of “office boy” at Microsoft. The HR manager interviewed him then watched him cleaning the floor as a test. “You are employed” he said. “Give me your email address and I’ll send you the application to fill in, as well as, date when you may start.

The man replied, “But I don’t have a computer, neither an email”. “I’m sorry”, said the HR manager. “If you don’t have an email, that means you do not exist. And who doesn’t exist, cannot have the job.”

The man left with no hope at all. He didn’t know what to do, with only $10 in his pocket. He then decided to go to the supermarket and buy a 10Kg tomato crate. He then sold the tomatoes in a door to door round. In less than two hours, he succeeded to double his capital. He repeated the operation three times, and returned home with $60.

The man realized that he can survive by this way, and started to go every day earlier, and return late. Thus, his money doubled or tripled every day. Shortly, he bought a cart, then a truck, and then he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles.

Five years later, the man is one of the biggest food retailers in the US. He started to plan his family’s future, and decided to have a life insurance. He called an insurance broker, and chose a protection plan. When the conversation was concluded the broker asked him his email. The man replied, “I don’t have an email.” The broker answered curiously, “You don’t have an email, and yet have succeeded to build an empire. Can you imagine what you could have been if you had an e mail?!!” The man thought for a while and replied, “Yes, I’d be an office boy at Microsoft!”

What would we try if we have not failed? Failure is not our enemy. It is a compass pointing us to the areas where we need to grow.  Sacrifice is giving up something good for something better!  The tougher the lesson, the bigger the blessing. Some people come in our life as lessons, others come as blessings.  The truth may not lead us to where we thought we were going, but it will always lead us to somewhere better.

By Tim Pedrosa

Sometimes we pass through many ups and downs but they are there to make us stronger than we imagine. Let us not hate others because of the challenges they pose on us. Just thank them for they are making us stronger.