Life lessons from Chubby (my dad) and other smart folks I’ve met on the road.
“Why do you want to be a lawyer?” Chubby asked.
“Because they’re rich, smart, and people do what they say,” I shot back.
“How do you know lawyers are rich?” Dad continued.
“Cause you’re always complaining about how much they charge!” I answered.
“Fair enough,” Dad said with a smile.
“So how do you know lawyers are smart?”
“Cause you call ‘em when you’ve got a problem,” I replied.
“Greg, you’re thinkin’ pretty quick,” Dad said with a laugh.
“But what makes you think people should do what lawyers say?” he asked.
“Isn’t that why we call ‘em?” I replied. “To know what to do.”
“Greg, suppose a friend lost his job. He owes you money he simply can’t pay. Your lawyer says sue. Would you?”
“Not when you put it like that,” I answered.
“Greg, professionals have specialized knowledge. Listen. Learn. Use them to help you make better decisions. Don’t let them make your decisions.”
What did I learn from Chubby that day?
Learn from others. Decide for myself.