I freely admit that there are times when I let the old 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 extra money. Granted, getting older has slowed the hubris. Yet, I still officially make dumb blunders because of a mix of pride plus ego. A recent HVAC unit repair plus the utter failure that ensued is a perfect example of that sort of problem. I came back from a quick company trip to find my house hot plus humid. I knew I truly didn’t want to spend the extra currency on an after hours HVAC service call. And, I truly didn’t care about trying to sleep with the house that hot. So, I called a neighbor who had claimed to once be an HVAC supplier. He was ecstatic to come over to help me with my HVAC unit. When it became evident, even to me, that my neighbor had no clue about HVAC units, I should have just called the pros. However, I went along with what was clearly a bunch of guessing at what was wrong. Well, we guessed totally wrong plus ended up trying to make an HVAC unit repair without the regular tools or factory parts. This ended as you can imagine. The two of us just made it worse. I ended up turning a routine HVAC repair job into something that cost me nearly a thousand dollars. I should have just called the HVAC service professionals from the outset. But, the old ego got in the way once again and it sure did cost me a bundle.