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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

-----Original Message-----
From: Fountain Conner [mailto:fconner(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 8:13 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
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
  To: seaint(--nospam--at)
  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.

  Good luck.
  William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.