It's an absolutely amazing, fantastic fall day in beautiful and natural Northwest Arkansas, and I'm out with my family for the weekend in our RV, enjoying one of our many great state parks.
This peaceful and restful day has me thinking there's a lot to feel good about. November is the month that we all traditionally say "thanks" for the many blessings we've enjoyed throughout the year.
As corny as that may sound to some, as an owner of ZweigWhite and publisher of CE News and Structural Engineer magazines, I have much to be thankful for. Here is a sampling of what I'm thankful for today.
I am thankful to be a small part of an industry that really helps people and does something good for society. How many people are trapped in jobs where they don't really do anything good on a daily basis. I feel sorry for them!
I am thankful to be part of an industry that is able to export itself beyond the U.S. borders. U.S. engineering and design services are highly valued in both Asia and the Middle East, as well as elsewhere in the world. That is so unusual today as most American businesses are facing the opposite situation – increasing foreign competition.
I am thankful to be part of a company that employs nearly 50 people in Arkansas, North Carolina, Illinois, and Massachusetts – as well as India and the Philippines. Jobs are hard to get these days and it makes me feel good to provide an opportunity for our employees to feed, clothe, and house their families and better themselves.
I am thankful to live in a country that, despite our problems, is still a fantastic, amazing, opportunity-filled place where anyone can make their future.
I am also thankful to be able to work with young people in my role as an Executive in Residence, teaching entrepreneurship at the University of Arkansas. I cannot tell you how gratifying it is to help young people realize they can create their own jobs in their own businesses.
And finally, I'm thankful for you – our readers and advertisers. Without you both, we wouldn't be here. We can't put this publication out without advertisers – and we would not have any advertisers without our magazines' strong engineering readership.
Just penning this column has put a smile on my face. I hope you enjoy the November issue of CE News as much as we enjoyed assembling it for you! And as always, we value your ongoing input regarding how to do better!
Mark C. Zweig