We never actively seek validation.
Don’t get us wrong, everyone likes praise. But some people need praise. Some people need constant attention. They need constant validation that they are smart, capable, in charge, successful. In fact, they need to know they are smarter, more capable, and more successful than everyone else.
Not us, we don't care about external validation. We care about feeling good about ourselves. The only validation we seek is what we find in the mirror. Seeking self-worth inside ourselves allows us to spend all our energy encouraging, recognizing, and validating other people -- which makes us awesome to work with.