PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYOR SURVEY-Looking Forward to 2010 or Glad to See 2009 Go?



In this week’s PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYOR SURVEY I’m asking the question:

Looking Forward to 2010 or Glad to See 2009 Go?

I ask this question both from a land surveying industry perspective and from a personal perspective. I'm sure that from a professional land surveying industry perspective 2009 has been a year full of challenges for most.

Whether you are on the employee side of the equation and where laid-off, your hours cut back, or even spent the year employed (which is good!) but shouldering the worry of whether or not you would have a job waiting for you day to day, 2009 was a challenging year. On the employer side of the equation, you scrimped, cut back, conserved cash, dodged a few bullets and had to make the tough, but necessary, decisions like laying people off and cutting back hours to keep your company alive.

Having been on both sides of this equation I can tell you that neither side is easy. It sucks getting laid-off and it sucks laying someone off!

Recessions Bring Focus

But when it comes to your personal life and lifestyle I think that some found the slowing of life's pace that recession hurls upon us to be somewhat of a blessing. I know that I have. Recessions happen to re-focus us. When business and life become so hyper-successful (at least on the surface) it's only a matter of time before a correction is needed.

If you're one of the many who are suffering economically because of the recession then having a more balanced life and focusing more on family and personal connections may not seem so important - it doesn't put bread on the table and keep a roof over your head, now does it. I understand and wish you a better 2010!

I think the lesson here is that possessions and the rat-race chasing of the almighty dollar really is not what's important. Yes, you have responsibilities and you need to earn a living, hopefully a comfortable one too, but this should not be done at the expense of your family, your relationships and your personal well-being.

Looking Forward to 2010 or Glad to See 2009 Go?

  • Looking Forward To A Better 2010! (48%, 26 Votes)
  • Glad To See 2009 Go! (30%, 16 Votes)
  • 2009 Was OK For Me! (13%, 7 Votes)
  • Dreading 2010, Could It Get Any Worse! (9%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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Note: You can choose as many answers as you like! Life's a mixed-bag that way sometimes. Isn't it?

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Eric D. Colburn, PLS, "The Geo-Business Innovator", helps geo-professionals improve through innovative solutions, mastery of marketing and business growth strategies, and coaching/training. Eric is a successful, serial entrepreneur, podcaster, industry writer, product development consultant, and RI licensed professional land surveyor.

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One comment on “PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYOR SURVEY-Looking Forward to 2010 or Glad to See 2009 Go?
  1. Kevin Clark says:

    Judging by the results of your poll we are looking forward to a bright new year. Maybe “hoping” is a better word.

    I completely agree that recession brings focus. Seems that we all got fat dumb and happy beyond our normal means. Back to having to work to get the job, to do the job and to keep the client.

    “Hope” everyone has a fruitful new year.