The CEO of a large company
The CEO of a large company decides he needs to relax, and so he takes a ride in his hot-air balloon. After drifting aimlessly for several hours, he realizes he is lost and cannot return home. Looking down, he sees a man standing on the 50-yard line in an empty football stadium. The CEO maneuvers his balloon to a position 10 feet above the man.
Hey, he calls out. Ive been floating around in this balloon all day, and now Im lost. Where am I?
You are 10 feet above a football field, answers the solitary figure below.
The CEO ponders for a moment, and then yells down at the man, You work on a computer help desk, dont you?
Yes, I do, says the man standing in the stadium. How did you know?
Well, says the CEO, I asked you a straightforward question. You gave me the correct answer, but absolutely no information I could use.
The man below thought for a second, and then looked up at the balloon. You are the CEO of a big company, arent you? he shouted.
Yes, replied the CEO. How could you tell?
Its easy, said the man. You dont know where youve been. You dont know where youre going. And youre making fun of me.