Remember that idea you had, it’s wonderful simplicity and how it could make life easier or better. Now, remember when you were told that it was a bad idea, how no one would want it, too costly to make, etc.
They were wrong. You are a wondrous being with more potential than can ever be measured and your ideas are bursting forth waiting for the day you take action.
Imagine a world where those who were stifled made it to the finish line. Imagine a world with endless energy, clean water, food for everyone and good health. That’s the world held back by those who think they know what’s best for you and your ideas.
Look below and see the foolishness of the wise and know for a fact that your ideas should be realized and fought for by you.
“Almost all of the many predictions now being made about 1996 hinge on the Internet’s continuing exponential growth. But I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.”
Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com, 1995
“There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.”
— Albert Einstein, 1932
“Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value.”
— Marecha Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre
“Who wants to hear actors talk?”
— H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927 During silent film era
“We don’t like their sound and guitar music is on the way out.”
— Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962
“The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon.”
— Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, 1873
“I think there is a world market for, maybe, five computers.”
— Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
“Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.”
— Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872
“Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.”
— Workers whom Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859
“The concept is interesting and well-formed. But, in order to earn better than a ‘C,’ the idea must be feasible.”
— A Yale Univ. management professor in response to Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service.( Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)
“The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?”
— David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s
“[Television] won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night. ”
— Darryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century-Fox, 1946.
“Stocks have reached what looks like a, permanently, high plateau.”
— Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929
“64K ought to be enough memory for anybody.”
— Bill Gates, 1981 Home computers now have over 1048576K
“While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility.”
— Lee DeForest, inventor
“Ours has been the first, and doubtless to be the last, to visit this profitless locality.”
— Lt. Joseph Ives, after visiting the Grand Canyon in 1861.
“I have traveled the length and breadth of this country, and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.”
— The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957
“The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty—a fad.”
— Advice from a president of the Michigan Savings Bank to Henry Ford’s lawyer Horace Rackham. Rackham ignored the advice and invested $5000 in Ford stock, selling it later for $12.5 million
“To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him into the controlling gravitational field of the moon where the passengers can make scientific observations, perhaps land alive, and then return to earth–all that constitutes a wild dream worthy of Jules Verne. I am bold enough to say that such a man-made voyage will never occur regardless of all future advances. ”
— Lee deForest (1873-1961) (American radio pioneer and inventor of the vacuum tube.) Feb 25, 1957
“So we went to Atari and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ And they said, ‘No.’ So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, ‘Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.”
— Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak’s personal computer