Who said it wouldn’t fly?

Who said it wouldn’t fly?

Posted on November 11th, 2011 by admin

Keep ideas flowing

Over the years there have been predictions that new ideas would fall flat and never gain traction.

Sure, many more ideas fail than make it to market, but many doomed and discounted ideas also are raving successes even when industry pundits say they can never fly.



Here are a few examples;

- Steve Ballmer on the iPhone’s failure – “[Apple's iPhone] is the most expensive phone in the world and it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard which makes it not a very good e-mail machine…”

- Ken Olson, co-founder or Digital Equipment on the need for the personal computer – “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home,” said Olson in 1977

- Decca Records on the future of The Beatles – “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out,” said Decca Records about The Beatles in 1962.

- A Yale University professor on the demand for overnight parcel delivery – “The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C’, the idea must be feasible.” This was the response of a Yale University professor to Fred Smith, on his paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. Smith would later found FedEx and built a $34.7-billion empire.

So don’t abandon your idea just because someone else says it “can’t be done.”

As eloquently stated by Nelson Mandela’

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

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