I wonder which idiot started the rumour that people never really appreciate money that they haven’t earned by the sweat of their own brow.
It certainly isn’t a view that you will hear expressed by members of my family or the good people of Ipplepen and I’ve never heard a lottery winner bemoan winning.
And what about those organisations and businesses that appear to earn great wedges of money for doing whatever it is they do which is a mystery to most of us namely Solicitors and Estate Agents involved in house conveyancing.
To be fair though whilst honing their skills of maximising profits in the heady days of the 1980’s they came seriously unstuck when the interest rates soared and the house prices plummeted overnight driving some out of business.
In spite of the economy at the time languishing in a prolonged period of recession the hard times conveyancing solicitors and estate agents fell upon were welcomed with smiles of satisfaction by a great number of people.
Of course it couldn’t last and as the economy picked up then so did house prices and like the inevitable return of teenage spots so did those who profited from increased sales.
One result of the 1980’s recession was (you may not believe this) that the business of estate agents started to clean up their act and whilst one of the main prerequisites of being a success in the industry remains having the ability to imaginatively describe a house.
The good news is that those in the business who were out and out descendants of Pinocchio appear to have been driven out of the industry.
In fact those that used to earn a living by intentionally and wantonly lying between the hours of nine and five each weekday appear to have been driven out of the industry altogether which I suppose begs the question do we need them at all?
And if we don’t why is it that so many of us turn to them when we decide it is time to move on?
Which is exactly what hundreds of thousands of people do every year and I suspect (but have no evidence to support it) that every single person at some time asks themselves,
“What an earth have they done for the money?”
So it comes back to the question I asked at the start of this blog.
“I wonder which idiot started the rumour that people never really appreciate money that they haven’t earned by the sweat of their own brow?”