How'd anyone ever make it before YouTube? This guy's got the idea - why waste your time on a degree and on-the-job training when you can bypass all that stuff and just watch how to do it on YouTube! If someone ever posts some YouTube videos on how to engineer a building, I might be out of a job.
The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.
This poor guy learned the hard way that saving pennies by hiring the lowest priced designer could greatly increase bottom-line costs. Quality design requires adequate time and the right people to do it. Cut-rate design may still "work", but often the final cost of the project is many times greater than the small difference in fee between the best designer and the cheap guy.
For a bunch of similar cartoons poking fun at the notion that cheap is really cheaper, click on the "Cheap" category link on the right sidebar.
"There is nothing more expensive than hiring cheap engineers."
It feels like we have to compete with this guy a lot more than we should. He's like the farmer who grew watermelons for $2.00 each, sold them for $1.75, and decided the way he could make more money was to get a bigger truck!
This is a shameless re-use of a cartoon I drew for our May 2003 news. Now that we have a fleet of inspectors in multiple states doing inspections, it seemed appropriate to resurrect this one. I've been told that this cartoon has found its way into the cubicle of more than one inspector. Success!
I'm a believer that to be the best we must continually strive for improvement and that we can't become what we want by remaining what we are. And it's impossible to improve if we're not open to change. We all know people who are so blindly confident or set in their ways that they refuse to consider that there may be a better way. It's even worse if that person pretends to be open to change, but they have no intention of actually following through. Those people drive me crazy. This one's for them.
For cartoons of more people like this guy, click here and here.
Brent Wright is a civil and structural engineer licensed in 38 states and also a Nevada licensed general contractor. He is a father of 5, grandfather of 9 (so far), and a woodworking, gardening, and outdoor adventure enthusiast who has summitted some of the tallest peaks in the US, Africa, and South America. He regularly exercises the LEFT side of his brain as the CEO of Wright Engineers, a multi-discipline engineering firm with five offices in the western US that has been recognized both as one of the fastest growing engineering firms in the nation and as one of the nation's best firms to work for.
His love for drawing began at an early age, and creating cartoons for Wright Engineers’ monthly e-News gives him a chance to exercise more of the RIGHT side of his brain.