Words can empower or weaken us. Choosing the right words for your inner voice is very important if you want to be the best. It’s probably something your primary school teacher drilled into you at an early age, but eliminating the belittling words like “I can’t” or “never” from your vocabulary will help you live your life to the highest potential!!
It’s generally a bad idea to boldly say that something can never be done … especially in the realm of business and technology, you’re just setting yourself up to join our list below.
Admittedly, we’ve all said dumb things before, things that maybe didn’t necessarily seem it at that time. The fortunate thing for most of us being that, unless we’re careless enough to post it across our blog or Facebook pages, the majority of us don’t have to worry about them being recited for years to come!! Unfortunately for some of our targets in this article, they can’t say the same. Many people have attempted to gaze into their “crystal balls” and predict the future … of course, not everyone can get it right. Technology, as we all know and experience, is an ever changing business making it crucial to always stay on top of advancements; remaining forward thinking, driven and alert. As long as the world is spinning, the industry will keep growing and evolving.
We’ve been finding it very entertaining to look back at how past generations (including iconic “genius’s”) envisioned the future. Now that we’re living in that future, we see it’s far different from what people in the mid- or even late 20th-century expected. So, without further ado, and in no particular order, we’ve listed our top ten of failed predictions:
1. “640k ought to be enough for anybody.” Bill Gates, 1981.
2. “Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?” regarding the investment in the radio, 1920s.
3. “Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy!” 1859.
4. “I don’t know what use any one could find for a machine that would make copies of documents. It certainly couldn’t be a feasible business by itself.” Head of IBM.
5. “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home” Ken Olson: president, chairman & founder of Digital Equipment Corp. 1977.
6. “I have travelled 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.” 1957.
7. “Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances.” Dr. Lee DeForest.
8. “The super computer is technologically impossible. It would take all of the water that flows over Niagara Falls to cool the heat generated by the number of vacuum tubes required.” Professor of Electrical Engineering, New York University.
9. “Rail travel at high speed is not possible, because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.” Dr Dionysius Lardner, 1823.
10. “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us,” Western Union internal memo, 1876.
So, will you ever be guilty of those 3 words “it’ll never happen”?? … well, never say “never” !! Start to live in the moment, and appreciate all the advantages we have today. Don’t believe things are impossible when it’s something you’re passionate about, listen to your gut and just go with it. Let it inspire you to think outside the box of conventional wisdom!! We know that being told we can’t do something often makes us aspire to do it even more…
Here’s a challenge for you … see impossible as “I’m possible” moving forward into 2013!!