When I was younger, I always went for the cheapest option whenever I was buying things for myself. Buying shoes was a good example of this. I remember, whenever I used to return home with a new pair of shoes, my parents always had the reaction: “Why didn’t you spend some more and get yourself a better one?” At that time it was really difficult to explain them that I had found the purpose of my life and it was to save as much money as possible!
But as I moved ahead with my life, I slowly realized something else. Because of the poor quality of my shoes, they always lasted only of six months before I had to buy a new pair. So, I bought two pairs of shoes on an average every year. It was just after I got married when my wife asked me to do an experiment. She suggested that I should buy a shoe from a reputed shop that costs approximately twice the cost of my regular shoe and see how long that lasts. All married guys know that it’s never a good idea to disagree with your wife, even if she doesn’t have a good idea. So I decided to agree with her and bought my next shoe as she recommended.
The new shoe lasted for almost two years, four times longer than the earlier shoe! We all make these mistakes in our lives. Sometimes we make decisions just by looking at the amount of investment, instead of considering the return on investment along with it. I know a lady without a driver’s license who didn’t want to invest a few hours and a couple of hundred dollars on her driving lessons because she thought it was a bad investment. She was comfortable calling a cab every time she needed to go somewhere.
Numbers almost always lie, especially when it comes with an incomplete story.
Abhimanyu Gupta lives in Chesterfield, Missouri with his wife Nilanjana & son Anusurya. His profession is software testing and his passion are music and books. He can be reached via Email, LinkedIn or Facebook.