I grew up to my father’s one line wisdom. “Be informed and make smart choices.”
I lead my life’s course based on this adage. I seek out verified information and empirical truth before I make decisions. Especially at work when each action can make the business gain money or lose money, when every choice can lead to success or disaster. Mistakes can cause hundreds of workers to lose jobs. Mistake is not really an option. The bosses say that I am a perfectionist. While co-workers and subordinates call me a control freak. Either way, I don’t make my move until I am absolutely well-informed of the choices I have to make, of the consequences of my actions, and whether I can live with the consequences or take responsibility for it.
I came to be this way because of an incident in my not so distant past. The time when my father came with me to buy my first car, a high school graduation gift. Looking back, however, I think the better present was the lesson I learned that day.
We were greeted by an elderly man in a seriously outdated business suit. He was sweating, but kept his smile plastered on his face. He was cheerful, too cheerful in fact, almost creepy. Introductions were exchanged. Once dad explained to the salesman the type of car we were there to buy for, the man consulted his inventory books and after a while announced that there is an available car. Apparently, the only one left. Click here for further information regarding garage sales
We drove to where the car was parked. When we got there, I couldn’t believe my luck. The car looked brand new! But dad didn’t look too happy. He asked the man where the vehicle safety certificate was, and the man’s demeanour immediately shifted. “What do you need it for? It’s just a piece of paper, the car is right here. It’s the last one. Do you want it or not?”
“Alright, at least let us do a pre-purchase inspection.”
“Look buddy, are you insinuating something? That I’m sort of a crook? If you’re not buying, I’m busy.” then took off leaving us on the field of cars.
My father took me to another garage sales Perth this weekend where the man we spoke to was the exact opposite of the man before. The vehicle safety certificate was already displayed on the windshield of the car, he gave us a list of mechanics who would be available to conduct the pre-purchase inspection or we could bring in our own mechanic. Inspections done, checks drawn, papers signed – I was behind the wheel on our drive home.
A week later, I was shocked by the news of a freak vehicular accident. Witness to the accident said that the car’s front left wheel just fell off while the car was running. Car and driver lost control and crashed. Looking as the TV screen, I saw the car I almost bought.