Wednesday, October 25, 2017

It will never happen!

Every day on social media and in the comments section you see them...

The "it'll never happen in the United States" status quo-ists.

The ones who don't have the vision to see what is possible. The ones that thing for some reason that change in American soccer is impossible, but... 

Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances.
Dr. Lee DeForest, Father of Radio & Grandfather of Television

The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives.
Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project

There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.
Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923

Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

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.
The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957

But what … is it good for?
Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM commenting on the microchip in 1968

640K ought to be enough for anybody.
Bill Gates, 1981

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

The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?
David Sarnoff Associates in response to urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s

The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C’, the idea must be feasible.
A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.
Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.
Lord Kelvin, president Royal Society, 1895

If I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this.
Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M “Post-It” Notepads

Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.
Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil, 1859

Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.
Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929

Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.
Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre, Franice

#ProRelForUSA is going to be hard. Massive structural change is never easy. There are always entrenched parties who do not want to see change. There is going to be struggle.

One thing it isn't... it isn't impossible. When we decide to make it happen... it's going to happen. Keep speaking up. 

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