By Corey Moss

  • Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. —Henry Ford
  • Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. —Vince Lombardi
  • Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. —Charles Swindoll
  • If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. —Oprah Winfrey
  • Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. —Eleanor Roosevelt
  • I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. —Michael Jordan
  • I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. —Stephen Covey

Inspiration: The action or power of moving the intellect or emotions, the act of influencing or suggesting opinions.

The quotes, the definition – the true meaning of the power, drive and direction in one’s life.

I have met many good people in the audio visual industry since I began my career in commercial AV in the late 90’s. As an account manager, I got to know some of the people who have truly contributed and excelled – some are still in the industry, and some retired. I do still know and talk with some of them now, though I’ve been out of the integration space for a good 5+ years now.

Nowadays though, there’s a lot of talk of “old” in the industry, and honestly what does that matter? And just how old is old?

My start in the AV industry was in integration sales in 1998, this after 7 years in computer rentals and sales. Back in the early 90’s it was all about rental jobs with CRT projectors, fast-fold screens, Compaq and IBM PC’s and Apple FX’s and Quadras. Should have seen us lugging around those 20 pound “portable” projectors – to go with the Compaq “portable” laptop. Then that Apple Powerbook entered the shop and I believed what I held in my hands was the next great advancement in computers.

Yes the good old days, when technology was really starting to shape up. Those of you out there (yes I know many of you) who remember those days when Radio Shack saved our butts in integration, those times we’d need that cable or connector in an emergency? Sure it still happens today (if you have one that’s local), and sure you can run into any Best Buy these days for just about everything electronic under the sun. But Radio Shack was different, you knew what you needed was there, and exactly where to find it. And the employees – old and young – were always prepared and ready to help you out, not like Best Buy these days where it’s a crapshoot that you find what you need, along with someone who actually cares to help you. The closest Radio Shack to me now is over 25 miles away. That was unheard of back then.

But I digress. Let me just see how many “old” people I can reel off in this industry who were part of those great days of AV, and still make real contributions now. In fact, I know enough of them who are AV and tech geniuses, trendsetters. If you want to refer to that “old” person – you’ll actually be glad many of them have been around as long as they have to pave the way for younger generations. Just where would this industry be without them? Many of them still educate the industry.

The major issue we all know that’s at hand now though is inclusion – and that’s not to be forgotten in society today. While we continue to make sure that all have the opportunity to achieve and succeed, there are those of us who are standing up for it – look around, there’s evidence. However there are the finger pointers and the pessimists, you know those that point to a problem, without a real hint of a solution. We do still have a ways to go, and for those who remain in the way – whomever they may be – it’s honestly time to move aside.

Inspiration, it’s where you find it – and sometimes it’s already there in front of you. Young — or “old.” I have been highly inspired by people older than me (my mentor was my commercial integration sales manager who already had a long career in AV at the time) along with those that are closer to my age. I have been inspired by those who are younger, as well as much younger – certain college students like my former mechanical engineering student podcast co-host (she also helped me cover InfoComm last year), and a young woman who was a cybersecurity intern of mine several years back. I know there is great opportunity, along with great promise for the younger generation in this industry, and I hope that more of them will choose to become a part of it.

Find your inspiration, wherever it may be, whether seated right next to you, or across the world in this great community. Work hard, keep moving ahead and contribute. You will.

Quotes from Entrepreneur: 50 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate You

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Me at Barco

With over 20 years in audio visual integration and IT/computer sales and consulting, Corey Moss is the owner of Convergent AV. Corey writes for the publication and hosts/produces podcasts – The AV Life, The Collaboration Factor and Convergent Tech Talk. He has written for numerous industry publications about AV, IT, unified communications and collaboration (UCC), cloud and software, IoT, cybersecurity and more. He has also conducted interviews with AV and IT executives and global influencers. Find him talking about a whole lot of things, tech and otherwise.