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I worked with an engineer who was not just a smart guy but a wise one; his observations on people and life in general were as interesting as his engineering.

We were discussing a project that was going bad and he was shaking his head already. "This isn't going to go well." he stated, "Because Mr. So-and-so (the owner and prospective developer) has fallen in love with this project." I asked why that was so bad, and he replied "Because it's JUST a project. It's a thing, and things have to have limits. You may do something mad or extravagant because of someone or some idea but it's a bad idea to get so wrapped up in a thing to the point where you can't walk away from it when it gets too expensive or too complicated or too dangerous or too risky. This guy can't. Giving up now would be like giving up part of himself, and he's going to destroy himself trying to make it happen or destroy himself when he realizes that he can't MAKE it happen..."

And so he did.

Lance Mannion

FDChief, thanks for that. If you don't mind, I'll pass it along to my students first day of class in the fall.

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