Perspectives: Love What You Do (and Be Successful)
CEDIA Expo still provides the best opportunity for D-Tools to reach out to many of our partners and customers
CEDIA EXPO is always the main event for D-Tools. We launched the company and our solution at EXPO way back in 1998, and it still provides the best opportunity for us to reach out to many of our partners and customers to discuss the state of our business and industry. Of course, it’s also a time to catch up and bond over food and beverages at the many parties and receptions.
While I don’t need to remind anyone that the economy is still taking longer to recover than we would like, the positives I’ve been hearing from the many people I’ve met with recently is that, by and large, we’re doing OK. Perhaps it’s not as great as we would like, but we’re staying in the game.
And I for one am happy to be back in our industry after a brief sabbatical. There are many great things about working in the AV/custom integration industry—cool gear, loud music—but the single-most common denominator that I have encountered in this industry is passion. People in this industry have an incredible amount of passion for their work. At D-Tools sit in the middle between the manufacturers (who are creating all of the cool new gear) and the integrators (who are delivering this cool gear to their customers), so we encounter this firsthand in almost all of our daily conversations.
Passion for solving the next problem, passion for creating an awesome customer experience, and passion for the opportunity to build their business. This attitude comes from loving what you do—and being great at it. Throughout my career, the most successful people I have met are the ones who actually love what they do. I finally figured out that this must not just be a coincidence (yes, it takes me a while sometimes).