I Don’t Know Much About Anything,

But I Have An Opinion About Everything


The above statement can be said about many people today not to mention those individuals with political aspirations. But, putting political aspirations aside, one thing that should be considered when discussing a subject such as this is that instead of paying so much attention to the actual measure of qualifying, more attention should be directed towards those doing the measuring. Back in the day when I was still working, there were many a time that I questioned whether my boss was qualified to do his or her job. But in all fairness to this last statement, I would also have to ask myself (which I did on many occasion) am I qualified to do mine? Did you ever stop and think: what qualifications did they use as a measuring stick to determine what qualifications to even look for in those candidates for the job? Which also begs the question – who made up this measuring stick and what qualified those individuals to be able to do so. Seem like a Catch 22 to you – it does me!

Case in point, many years ago when I first started my insurance career, I remember having to go on an interview wherein I was given an aptitude test to see if I had what it took to make a career in the insurance field. After taking the test and being escorted into the room with the person whose role it was to discuss the results of the test with me, the individual proceeded to inform me that I should look for another line of work as I would never make it in the insurance industry. That was back in the late 1960’s. My career in insurance consisted of twenty-eight years of actual working in the insurance industry and then another ten years of writing and teaching those desiring to make insurance their career.

Now, what was that question again?


9 thoughts on “Opinions

  1. Good for you for not letting a naysayer discourage you, Irwin. My husband was told by a guidance counselor in high school not to bother applying to go to college and he graduated from The University of Maine with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has been employed in his field ever since. Good thing he didn’t cave to the opinion of that discouraging voice!

    1. Thanks Molly for your comments on my recent post. May I ask you a brief question – With regards your book “Boomer on the Ledge,” weren’t you a bit apprehensive about it being so short since the – pardon the expression – “meat of the book” is basically the cute illustrations and the accompanying paragraph.s
      My reason for asking is that I agreed to write another e-Kindle book and while I was under the impression I could use some of my previous short stories, essays, and such, I have been told that doing so is a no-no (seeing that they are already published so-to-speak) on the Internet. So, the next thought that popped into my head would be to do a “comical” book of sorts that pertained to retirement and what many of us are either facing or going through on an every day basis. But, I wondered if such a book might be too short. Plus, I am also wondering if I should collaborate with an illustrator from Fiver to assist with the illustrations. I hope you do not mind my “picking your brain,” but I do value your judgement. And, if I am out of line in asking – no problem – I’ll figure it out one way or the other. Thanks again for following the ramblings of an “old fart!”

      1. I did have some apprehension about the length of the book, Irwin, but my publisher assuaged those doubts. It is in full color which is pricey and I am introducing a concept that I see growing over time. I have friends who have published collections of essays they have previously published on their blogs and it has gone over well, so not sure of the downside of doing that. I have considered that myself, since many of my best essays are buried in my blog and most people who read my blog today have not seen them. As for a comical book pertaining to retirement, go for it! There is too much seriousness about the topic – we need some welcome comic relief. I hope that answers your questions.

      2. Thanks Molly, yes it does answer my questions. I was a bit disappointed that I could not use my past writings in a Kindle book, but the more I think about it, the more I would like to venture into something comical about retirement because as you mentioned – there is too much seriousness about the topic. Again thanks for your time and I will try to keep you updated with my happenings as it relates to the book.

  2. Correction: The Media USE to control public opinion! 😀 Not no more…. That is amazing that you did not ‘give up’ back in the 60’s after being told to look elsewhere. I feel that many would have, back then as opposed to ‘today’. You WERE determined…. knew what you wanted. Yay!

    1. Interesting – when I was much younger I took an aptitude test and the results were that I would never become anything if I entered the insurance industry (the aptitude test was required when I applied for a job with an insurance company). After thirty some odd years later, I retired from the insurance industry with several well known insurance designations and while not rich, we have been able to enjoy 20 plus years of retirement doing pretty much what we want to do within reason. But then my wife taught me early on that the words “I cannot” should not be in our vocabulary.

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