My Dad too told me not to get in the insurance business. He was a hard core manufacturing guy. The two job offers I had were from Black and Decker as a sales rep at 18,000 a year and a K car ( it was few years ago) and a comission only job at an insurance comapny. The dog and I had to alternate whos' day it was to eat for a few years.
Today I own a very successful P&C shop with offices in New York and Southern California, have more money than I will ever need, take ten weeks of vacation a year and make it to every single field trip, play and PTA meeting that my 11 and 13 year old can throw at me...because i'm my own boss.
I am able to sell 2,000,000 a year of new PC business because of the contacts I have made over the years and I love my job more than any other person I know. I work hard, play hard and have built an asset that my kids can enjoy.
My Dad actually told me that he would rather I told him I was gay than becoming an "insurance salesman" Black and Decker went into chapter 11 eight months after my job offer and fired 90 % of their sales force.
Dad's mean well... make your own decision.