Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Where Never is Heard a Discouraging Word

We all hear discouraging words. Some of us more often than others. Sometimes those words come from right inside our own heads. Too often people try to dress up negativity by calling it practicality. Being practical is a good thing, after all, right?

Maybe yes. Maybe no.

When we have something that makes our heart sing, or that we know deep in our center we just have to do, then "practicality" can be a cursed thing. For many of us there comes a time when we simply have to hold on to our dream in spite of all reason seeming to speak out against it.

So how can we do that?

One way is to look at history. I love it when I find quotes or hear stories that are either very shortsighted or just plain wrong about someone or something that went on to be wildy successful and/or popular. It reminds me that my own naysayers are probably wrong, too. After all, I only fail if I quit trying. It may take a long time to succeed, but that's okay.

In an effort to remind you that the pooh-poohers in your life may be, and probably are, out in left field, I have some quotes for you.

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

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
            Ken Olson, founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1972

So if you're discouraged or on the verge of being discouraged, buck up, my friends, and watch for more quotes throughout the rest of the week.

1 comment:

Michael Offutt said...

LOL oh boy were those guys wrong. Talk about having no vision. I also think that the patent office once said that Thomas Edison had invented everything that needed to be invented.