An Office Boy

by Stephen on September 15, 2013 · 51 comments

in Inspirational Stories

A jobless man applied for the position of ‘office boy’ at a very big company.

The employer interviewed him, then a test: clean the floor.

“You are hired.” – the employer said. “Give me your email address, and I’ll send you the application to fill, as well as when you will start.”

The man replied, “I don’t have a computer, neither an email.”

“I’m sorry,” said the employer, “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. He didn’t know what to do, with only $10 USD in his pocket.

He then decided to go to the supermarket, bought a 10kg tomato crate, then sold the tomatoes door to door. In less than two hours, he succeeded and doubled his capital.

He repeated the operation 3 times and returned home with $60 USD. The man realized that he could survive by this way, and started to go everyday earlier, and returned late. Thus, his money doubled or tripled everyday. Shortly later, he bought a cart, then a truck, and then he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles.

Five years later, the man’s company was one of the biggest food retailers. 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 replied curiously, “You don’t have an email, and yet have succeeded to build an empire. Do you imagine what you could have done if you had an email?”

The man paused for a while, and replied: “An office boy!”

Author Unknown

Don’t be discouraged if something is not in your favor today. Better opportunities are waiting ahead.

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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nancy P. Basia September 15, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Nice! It’s encouraging.

2 A.Bhatia September 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Nice story, and the message conveyed works. Every one has great potential.The determination to succeed, is the key element in the progress.There are many examples like this, to confirm the workability of the message of this story.

3 Cynthia September 15, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Simple, yet so inspiring. Such doses of inspiration are so necessary in my life!

4 Pranitha September 16, 2013 at 2:21 am

Amazing!!! Highly motivational and highly recommended.

5 Carter Anmol September 16, 2013 at 2:44 am

I am a young guy and for me it’s really very Interesting to hear this kind of Motivational Story. Thanking You!!!

6 Mayuri September 16, 2013 at 3:20 am

Really inspiring….

7 Awuni Clement September 16, 2013 at 4:06 am

This is very very true. Never give up irrespective of your condition today.

8 Manoj Sharma September 16, 2013 at 7:23 am

I have read this inspirational story concerned with an office boy wow it was heart touching. Please do keep going.

9 Emmh September 16, 2013 at 10:06 am

Oh office boy!

10 Ezekiel Mudi September 16, 2013 at 10:27 am

That’s why it is said we miss opportunities because they are dressed in dirty overalls in form of work. You only fail to succeed when you fear to fail.

11 Srinivas September 16, 2013 at 10:37 am

It seems to be a true story, by this we can learn one thing… end of the day money matters..

12 Messal September 16, 2013 at 10:41 am

I like this story very much.

13 Lea September 16, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Oh yeah!!! Ganbatte!!!

14 Nitin Dumasia September 16, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Never never never never Give Up…..!!!

15 Jerome Joseph September 17, 2013 at 7:17 am

You will surely get the reward if you work hard irrespective of luck…Always try to meet the Goal…Good one…

16 From Iran September 17, 2013 at 7:24 am

Nice. I’ve not read any story as inspiring as this one. +1 like.

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17 Camilia September 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Wonderful story, God bless.

18 Himanshu September 18, 2013 at 11:08 am

Amazing!!!.. Indeed Inspirational…

19 Sujit Kumar Biswas September 20, 2013 at 11:14 am

Moral stories are unique… I like it.

20 Ravi September 20, 2013 at 11:36 am

Wow wonderful and inspirational story. Great.

21 Soumita Nandy September 21, 2013 at 1:29 am


22 Sagay September 21, 2013 at 7:03 am

Really thought provoking story. Thank you for sending. Sagay

23 Santosh September 21, 2013 at 10:06 am

It’s an amazing story. I like it.. 🙂

24 Shardul September 22, 2013 at 4:34 am

A nice story with an encouraging moral.

25 Mosopefoluwaah September 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm

A wonderful piece

26 BAKAM Armstrong September 24, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Wow! What an inspiring story!!!

27 BAKAM Armstrong September 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Wow! A very inspiring story!!!

28 Rita September 24, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Determination and being persistent work hard you will get very far never give up.

29 Sunday Daniel September 25, 2013 at 10:07 am

There’s a Gold yet to be refined in everyone’s life. Discover yours. No one will discover it for you because it’s in you.

30 Barney Wilson October 1, 2013 at 8:14 am

Really awesome… (y)

31 Therese Audris October 2, 2013 at 11:06 am

Wow. . . this is really encouraging!

32 James Serengia October 3, 2013 at 9:07 am


33 Khuphil Tualzapau October 3, 2013 at 10:08 pm

What a nice story. I will forward to my all friends.

34 Manju Nair October 6, 2013 at 6:02 am

Nice one, simple but highly effective…

35 Raji October 7, 2013 at 5:38 am

Really inspiring story 🙂

36 Mark pasquali October 7, 2013 at 5:45 am

I love this one… nice story.

37 P. Mitchell Mulbah,Sr. October 8, 2013 at 4:27 am

So encouraging I love it.

38 Arun s Kumar October 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Short story, but lots to learn from.

39 Gibson October 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Still believing is the only medicine to success.

40 Kamalesh October 26, 2013 at 4:43 am

It’s a nice and thought provoking good moral story. Lesson for lazy people.

41 Venkatesh October 30, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Nice, it’s so encouraging… all stories of this site are awesome to boost ourselves.

42 Tamaz December 24, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Being an office boy is nothing, we should think a lot do something by ourselves. This story is not only inspirational, but educational too.

43 Phanivijay January 9, 2014 at 9:07 am

Very motivational ending.. Good read.

44 Rakesh February 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I loved it! Simply amazing! It reveals the secret which delves in between our self-confidence and luck. I am aware of that thin line which connects our soul and mind, but never found any example to elucidate the same.

45 Esther March 1, 2014 at 6:09 am

The story is encouraging. I love it!!!!!

46 S. J. Raj March 10, 2014 at 8:19 am

Heart touching with a good moral.

47 vijayalakshmi April 16, 2014 at 4:33 am

send me such nice moral e-mails.

48 Saket June 17, 2014 at 6:53 am

nic one
awsom dud
keep writing
u r d bst

49 Sajid iqbal July 13, 2014 at 6:36 am

Nice dude

50 Stephen fokuo October 2, 2014 at 1:49 pm

I think this is the best advice for the young ones like me now, I was trying to put myself into it but this story is for me now to put myself into a business plan now. Thank you for changing my mind. God bless you. So I have now see that life is all abuot determination,.mmm

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