You can never get to the Moon if you are stuck in Earth’s orbit!
Lessons learned from Neil Armstrong’s life applied to the A/V Industry
When I look back over Neil Armstrong’s life, I see that he was no different than you or I (maybe a little smarter). He just made a courageous decision back in the 60′s that changed his life and the Nation that he was a part of. When NASA asked him to go and be the first man to set foot on the moon, he could have said “No, I want to stay on earth, raise a family and live a safe and comfortable life”, but he didn’t. On July 19, 1969 when Neil stepped aboard Apollo 11, I would argue that he was prepared to die that day and the odds were definitely not in his favor. It was a chance that he was willing to take to better our world and bring it together for a brief moment.
Lately I have been so frustrated with this industry that I love and I’m not alone. Most other reps, dealers or manufacturers I talk with share the same sentiment. We, as an industry are “stuck in earth’s orbit” but, we want to get to the Moon! There is hope to get there but the voyage to the moon is hard and plotted using Courage and Change.
We, as an industry, blasted off about 20 years ago and went straight into space, headed for the Moon. It was a fun, quick ride and we got out of Earth’s orbit before we truly developed. We were going so fast, we had no time to look out the window and prepare for what was headed our way… a meteor in the form of the Recession that knocked out our engine and sent us tumbling back to Earth’s orbit (reality). We now have to come to grips with the fact that our Moon has changed dramatically since blast off. Back then, the Moon was the top 2 percent of the population that were building fantastic new homes at a staggering pace. Now, our Moon consists of the 98 percent of the population that we ignored when we were rocketing through the atmosphere.