Exactly my sentiments. Sometimes I think we should have the opportunity to
try different majors in school, or different jobs until we find the one we
are happiest with. I was lucky enough to fail at or lose interest in many
fields before finding my niche - Architecture, Business (a family business
no less), Music (I was good, just not good enough) and finally Engineering.
When someone is so happy to leave a profession as I had on numerous
occasions, then your should rejoice in your decision as it is the right
thing to do. In time, I hope he will find what you, I and many others have
found - that one love that you simply can't walk away from.
As you so aptly put it - it's not a question of money but of satisfaction.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John P. Riley [mailto:jpriley485(--nospam--at)peoplepc.com]
> Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2001 10:06 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: Re: happy engineer
> Jeez, that is poetry! Unless you're like me, and believe that poetry is
> suppose to rhyme.
> I love engineering, too. Puzzles are fun, I get to do them everyday. I
> used to manage a structural engineering department. Handing the
> puzzles to
> someone else wasn't rewarding for me. Heck, sometimes I had to
> wear a tie!
> Peter's Principle dictated that I go back one rung.
> I don't make the big bucks. But, hey . . . look at my lifestyle!
> Self-employed, clean, dry, clothed and well-fed. And my kids
> know who I am,
> I'm the guy that works in the basement and coaches their basketball,
> baseball and soccer teams. I could be wealthier, but not richer.
> John P. Riley, PE, SE
> When I discovered my love for playing music at age 8, nothing in the world
> could or ever would displace it from my heart. When I discovered
> my love for
> engineering at age 30, I found the same desire - regardless of the
> frustrations to be part of the evolution of structural
> engineering - nothing
> can displace it from my heart. Without the chance in prior years to try
> other fields, without this internal commitment and peace, I could not, nor
> would no sustain my love of engineering.
> Dennis S. Wish, PE
> Tomás Matta wrote:
> I'm proud to say that leaving the path of frustration: I quit my
> job, never
> again will I design!
> You probably did the right thing for you, if you don't like
> design. Design
> and then seeing my projects built in the field are my two
> favorite parts of
> the job. An unending string of deadlines and dealing with mistakes are my
> two least favorite.
> Rick Burch