The WORST day I've ever had owning my own firm has been better than the best
day I ever had working for someone else.
Well put, Mr. Conner.
David L. Fisher, SE, PE
From: Fountain Conner [mailto:fconner(--nospam--at)pcola.gulf.net]
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 8:13 AM
Subject: To Bill Polhemus -- Re: disappointed engineer
This to Bill...
I'm delighted your attitude has changed so much in the past year.
You were pretty low on Friday, May 26, 2000 -- I can identify.
Looking back, I'd guess that the end of regular employment, and being
thrust into the world of a private consultant (one must eat, y'know), is
the finest thing that has happened in your working career.
In my case I love every day at work -- 'One reason, there are fewer "middle
men", "paperweights", or "whatever", between me and the real boss.
Fountain E. Conner, P.E.
Gulf Breeze, Fl. 32561
From: Bill Polhemus
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2001 4:44 AM
Subject: RE: disappointed engineer
Tomas, I'm afraid you're just in that awkward stage in your career called
"the beginning". You don't have a lot of experience, and so your
supervisors (and certainly the clients) aren't going to accord you a great
deal of respect.
Just understand that all of us have to crawl before we walk. I would
suggest that you patiently learn all you need to learn about your chosen
field at this time, and look forward to the day when you'll have a bit more
say in things.
Also, remember that one's first job is nearly always a letdown, because
your expectations coming out of school are so high. I experienced that as
well, but I can say I've had a pretty rewarding career nevertheless.
William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.