I have been a planner for the past five years and am feeling somewhat discouraged and cynical. I was a planner in Florida and have recently relocated to Georgia for a job. While I found the planning environment in Florida challenging, in Georgia it seems completely pointless. Long range planning is encouraged but not required and even if a local government has a comprehensive plan they are under no obligation to use it. I am currently writing a comprehensive plan partial update for a local government that sees it only as a marketing tool to attract development, and while they have had a comprehensive plan for ten years, I cannot see where they have implemented a single policy. This community is a strip commerical wasteland, and so ugly it hurts my eyes. How can a planner detach themselves from the outcome of a project and still create a quality product? If I want to get out of planning what profession should I consider?