This week’s quote is by Tim Fargo,  American author, keynote speaker, and entrepreneur, who is best known for co-founding the insurance fraud investigative company, Omega Insurance Service in 1996, which became the second biggest insurance fraud investigative company in the US.

‘You don’t have to learn from experience; if you don’t mind repeating the course’.

Ha ha!  If you are a parent, how many times have you wished that your children would listen and benefit from your experiences?  You have already made the mistakes and have the bruises to prove it, but will they listen?  No, they will not.  Your children know it all anyway, and will steam straight ahead and make the same mistakes that you did all over again.  It’s frustrating, but then again, did you listen to your own parents?  I know I didn’t, and that’s probably why poor old Dad had lost most of his hair by the time he was 40!

Isn’t it strange though how the young will not take advice?  The ‘you can’t put old heads on young shoulders’ saying springs to mind, and it’s absolutely true.  My eldest son and daughter-in-law wanted Sam and I to view a cheap house that they were interested in buying.  We looked at it, and also drove the car there one evening and sat outside for a while.  The house was fine, in good repair, and well worth the reduced price.  However, we could see big problems ahead for them with its location in the middle of the kind of rough council estate that we had both lived on as  teenagers, where police, fire engines and ambulances were called out to day after day after miserable day.  We told them we had both lived in similar areas for years as youngsters, and definitely not to buy it.

Leon and Kelly didn’t listen and bought the house because it was cheap and their mortgage would be less.  Within a few months they’d had paint thrown over their car, a brick thrown through their front room window, and somebody murdered in the street outside.  When the whole house caught fire (thankfully when they were out) they decided they’d had enough.  The insurance company moved them to a temporary home a few miles away, and when the house was repaired they sold it as quickly as they could.

Move forward a year, and they’re looking for a house again when the bank of Mum and Dad managed to divvy up a deposit.  Once more they ask us to look over the house.  The house is fine, in good repair, and well worth the price.  We sit outside.  Nothing!  This time they actually ask us if they should buy it.  We cannot find any fault at all and the sale goes ahead.  So far so good….

Have you repeated the course, or did you listen to your parents?

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