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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.

Stepping out on the ledge

It’s awful scary out on that ledge. You’ve decided to give it your best shot but you’re not certain it’s going to work. Now, you’re committed and what if it doesn’t work? What if that new audio DAC doesn’t sound the way you thought it would? The new cable didn’t have the synergy you expected. The room you just built doesn’t sound good?

Taking risks based on a leap of faith is something frightening we all deal with and handle differently. Some spend hundreds of hours researching the subject to death before stepping out on that ledge, while others just jump with a shrug of the shoulder. Still others wait for the new to become the old and accepted before taking the plunge.

How you handle those decisions doesn’t really ameliorate the risks. Early adopters, those that wait for the new to become mainstream, even the few who won’t take the leap until the new becomes the old all assume the same level of risk. We simply do what we’ve learned has the greatest chance for success and we’re all a bit different.

Here’s the thing. Whenever you’re ready to make a change and step out on that ledge you risk failure—and that sounds like something to avoid. But, I would argue it is failure that helps us grow and it is learning and growth that we seek. If everything worked you’d never learn nothing.

So the next time you’re nervously contemplating changing your stereo system, your mouse finger is trembling before making that purchase, just remember that the best thing that can happen might just be failure.

Sure, we all want the easy win and are delighted when we get it. But if failure weren’t an option, we’d never enjoy the thrill of stepping out on the ledge.

 

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

Journey or destination?

One of our forum posters asked an interesting question this morning. “Why don’t you just copy the speaker Arnie Nudell built already? Why improve what has already been established as a masterpiece?”

To me, that question is better stated as move forward or sit still?

It’s nice to sit still and enjoy the fruits of our lives. I do it nearly every day when I hear my stereo system, drive my car, converse with friends and family, relax in my home. I look at this as a rest stop, a chance for reflection.

When a reflective, stationary, existence becomes a way of life, we often think of a monastic or retired person.

For me, life’s a series of brief respites coupled with constant forward motion: learning, growing, contributing. Infinity System’s founder, Arnie Nudell, was like that too. As soon as he signed up for our speaker project his sleeves went into automatic roll-up mode. “Let’s build something better,” was his battle cry.

I am more interested in the journey than the destination.