Advice From an Engineer

As Ted Rosenthal, our Vice President and Technical Director, completed another trip around the sun (and started the journey anew), he shared with us some of the advice and witticisms that he’s picked up over the years. Here are 10 of his favorites.

“There are only two people in this world you have to please: the one who signs the check and the one who spends it.”

In the end, you need to make sure your boss is happy (so you can continue to get paid), but you also need to make sure your significant other is happy, too.

“There is a time for work and a time for play. When you can distinguish between them, you will do just fine.”

In your professional life there are times when it’s easy to goof off, which is fine, as long as you know when you need to buckle down and get the work done (and then do it).

“Developing software is like building a cathedral. It costs far more than you expected, it took much longer than you expected, and when it’s finally done, you pray.”

This one pretty much speaks for itself!

“You were given one mouth and two ears; use them in that proportion.”

Listen twice as much as you speak and you’ll do ok.

“It is better to remain quiet and let people think you are an idiot, than to open your mouth and prove them right.”

Classic, but oh so true. If you have nothing of value to contribute, then don’t contribute.

“We all have two ends from which to choose, heads you win, tails you lose.”

No matter what situation you’re in, use your head and let better judgement prevail.

“If I had a nickel for every time someone praised my work, I would still be waiting for my first nickel.”

Do good work for the sake of doing good work and don’t wait to be praised for it. Also, when you see good work, give credit where it is due and praise when it is warranted.

“It’s a dog eat dog world out there and I’m wearing Milk Bone underwear.”

This classic line is from the TV show Cheers, and it beautifully sums up those days where nothing seems to go right.

“Work is the curse of the drinking class.”

A little humor for those who like to occasionally tip one back after a long day at the office.

“Grief is the price we pay for love.”

It’s hard to lose a loved one. If you’ve ever lost someone you love, we’re sorry to hear it.

As you continue on your latest trip around the sun, we hope one of these bits of advice and witticisms help light your way!