Never Give Up

Posted by M ws On Friday, June 15, 2012 0 comments
The following is one of those email forwarded messages that make its round in cyberspace. I tried to confirm if this is true but cannot seem to find any site that can verify this tale. So, I am posting it as a fictional piece that has precious lessons of perseverance for us although there could be certain ethical issues in terms of telling the truth. Take care and have a lovely evening!


Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates organised an enormous session to recruit a new Chairman for Microsoft Europe. 5000 candidates assembled in a large room. One candidate was Sompala Pathirana a Sinhalese living in USA.

Bill Gates thanked all the candidates for coming and asking those who do not know JAVA programming to leave. 2000 people left the room. Soma says to himself, ‘I do not know JAVA but I have nothing to lose if I stay. I’ll give it a try’ Bill Gates asked the candidates who never had experience of managing more than 100 people to leave. 2000 people leave the room..

Soma says to himself ‘ I never managed anybody by myself but I have nothing to lose if I stay. What can happen to me?’ So he stays.

Then Bill Gates asked candidates who do not have management diplomas to leave. 500 people leave the room.

Soma says to himself, ‘I left school at 15 but what have I got to lose?’ So he stays in the room.

Lastly, Bill Gates asked the candidates who do not speak Serbo – Croat to leave. 498 people leave the room. Soma says to himself, ‘ I do not speak one word of Serbo – Croat but what do I have to lose?’ So he stays and finds himself with one other candidate. Everyone else has gone.Bill Gates joined them and said ‘Apparently you are the only two
candidates who have all the required qualifications & experience I am looking for and
speak Serbo – Croat, so I’d now like to hear you have a conversation together
in that language.’


Calmly, Soma turns to the other candidate and says in Sinhalese ` Kohomada Machang? (translate: “How Are you buddy?”)

The other candidate answers in Sinhalese ‘ Ammata Hudu……….umbath Lankavenda?? (“my God, are you also from Sri Lanka?”)

-Author Unknown-

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