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Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

How important is validation?

When my stereo system choices hit the perfect sweet spot, and I know everything is just right, the first thing I want to do is share.

“Come, you have to hear this!”

This most basic of impulses is a genuine emotion with no hidden agendas. “I found something wonderful,” almost always evokes the desire to spread the good word and share the wealth. Maybe in our long-ago past we wanted to share with the others in our tribe our success with finding food or shelter.

It isn’t too long after the sharing process that it turns into the validation desire. Is what excites me really as good as I think?

Once we get validation from the other members in our tribe, the circle of success is complete. We know we’re on the right track. We make an indelible stamp in our memories that this path leads to success.

But, what happens if we’re not validated? For some, we shrink from sharing our discoveries or we find fault in them (sometimes warranted, other times not). For others, we might believe we didn’t communicate well enough or the other opinion is simply incorrect.

Validation is what we’re after: in the forums, when we read reviews, when we put forward an opinion.

The trick with validation is tempering it with an understanding that it’s closely linked with opinion. We don’t accept everyone’s opinion as our own, anymore than we should worry about 100% validation from others.

Validation is important but only to the extent it helps us learn and grow.

As soon as it stymies innovation and forward motion, we should question its author.

 

Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Broken rules

How important is it to follow the rules? Probably pretty important if you’re a surgeon, less so if you’re assembling a stereo system.

Rules are guidelines that help us navigate uncharted waters. We follow them until we know the way and then it’s time to rethink our actions.

Sometimes we get trapped in our penchant to follow the rules—like when we do what’s always worked in the past: use a certain type of cable, set the level where it’s always worked, paid more attention to this or that because the rules suggest that’s the way you do it.

I prefer to think of rules more like recipes. A recipe is a guidebook to get you started. Once the process has been mastered, it’s time to add your own twist.

We don’t break the rules just for the sake of being rebels. Sometimes the rules are there for a good reason.

If we want to move past the everyday humdrum we’ll have to consider a bit of rule breaking.

The old chestnut “rules are meant to be broken” exists because we’re interested in better.

Give yourself permission to break a few rules now and then.