I freely admit that there are times when I can so let my ego take over when it comes to decision making.
- This is not a good thing.
That’s because when I do that, it nearly always ends up costing me some money. Granted, getting older has slowed the hubris. Yet, I still regularly make dumb blunders because of a mix of pride and ego. A recent HVAC repair and the utter fail that ensued is a perfect example of that sort of problem. I came back from a quick business trip to find my home hot and humid. I knew I really didn’t want to spend the extra money on a after hours HVAC call. And, I really didn’t feel like trying to sleep with the house like that. So, I called a neighbor who had claimed to once be in an HVAC company. He was happy to come over and help me with my HVAC. When it became evident, even to me, that my neighbor had no clue about HVAC, I should have just called the pros. However, I went along with what was clearly a bunch of guessing at what was wrong. Well, my neighbor and I guessed totally wrong and ended up trying to make an HVAC repair without the proper tools or factory parts. This ended as you can imagine. We just made it worse. I ended up turning a routine HVAC repair into something that cost me nearly a thousand dollars. I should have just called the HVAC professionals from the outset. But, my stupid ego got in the way once again and it sure did cost me.