Thursday, April 05, 2007

Conventional Wisdom

Some oldies but goodies that I think you should print out and post near your workstation and the next time someone says to you - "Cynthia! That's the dumbest idea I've ever heard!" You just go back to your workstation and read these through and I guarantee it will make you feel better -

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

"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.)

"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make."
-- Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.

"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.

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

"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
-- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899.

And my second to most favorite -

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
-- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

But only because he turned out to be correct.

And my most favorite of all -

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
-- Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929. Also Bill Cara, Tim Knight, Barry Ritholtz, and every other perma-bear on the net.

Always remember Rule 1

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