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I Know Nothing

During our time in Orlando, I was able to do a couple of things that I find to be fascinating and fun. We held our third annual Tweetup party and I was able to meet some great AV industry professionals in real life. The team at AVNation were the real stars on video. If you look at the catalog of our booth interviews I am not the primary face and I think that is great. Another thing that we tried out this year was a more traditional one-on-one interview with a couple of key figures in the industry. The first was with David Labuskes. He was very generous with his time and candid with his answers. The second was a recipient of the Fred Dixon Service Award for his efforts in helping to develop education in our industry, Alan Brawn.
A couple of things about Mr. Brawn before I get started. First, this guy is a wealth of knowledge. Holy cow. The video is about half an hour, but I could have sat and listened to him for hours had we both had the time. The second, he’s from my hometown. I don’t mean that in the sense of “we are both from St. Louis”. I mean, he grew up about half a mile from where I live in a sleepy little southwest Illinois town. It was a very cool discovery for me.
During the conversation, Alan was talking about the number of people he has taught over the years. People will come up to him and thank him for teaching and giving compliments on how much he knows about this subject or that. His response struck me, though. He said, I’m not interested in what I know “I’m more interested in what I don’t know.”
I am more interested in what I don’t know. Think about that for a minute and apply it to yourself. Is that what interests you? It is me. It’s one of the things that gets me out of bed in the morning; that daily drive to learn something new. A friend of mine asked in relation to his toddler “when does the ‘Why’ phase end?” I said, well, I’m 41 so at least until then. We need to be constantly learning, growing, and reaching in life in general but certainly in this industry we are in. Remember when the smallest pitch on an LED was 10 mm and we thought that was incredible. Now someone has learned and discovered a way to make a sub-1mm pitch. How? They learned something they didn’t know before.
There are great resources out there. InfoComm is a great place to start, Alan Brawn has good resources, AQAV has some wonderful courses. Then there are places like YouTube, Lynda, Coursera, and Khan Academy. Just start with what you don’t know and want to know and go from there. That’s one of the things about this industry that is so exciting to me; the drive and need to learn something new.
That’s all for now. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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