History abounds with tales of experts who were convinced that the ideas, plans and projects of others could never be achieved.
Read these famous false predictions…
First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win. -Mahatma GandhiClick to tweet
“Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons” – Popular Mechanics, 1949
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers” – Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943
“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’s associates in response to his 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.
“I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper” – Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in ‘Gone With The Wind’
“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
“So we went to Atari and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ And they said, ‘No.’ So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, ‘Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet” – Apple Computer Inc. founder, Steve Jobs, on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak’s personal computer
“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 in 1859
“Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value” – Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre
“Everything that can be invented has been invented” – Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899
“X-rays will prove to be a hoax” – Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, 1893
“640K ought to be enough for anybody” – Bill Gates, 1981
“Unworthy of the attention of practical and scientific men” – British Parliamentary Committee report on Thomas Edison’s electric light bulb
Accomplishment came to those who said, “I can make it happen”.
When someone tells me “no,” it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” -Karen E. Quinones MillerClick to tweet
What is stopping you from taking action? Is it fear?
Perhaps you’re waiting for the right break instead of making your opportunities in life?
Maybe you believe you’re not smart or talented enough?
Those negative beliefs are holding you back.
If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Begin taking forward steps.
If that’s your case, below are some powerful reasons to become an action-taker.
Get Rid of Doubts
If you don’t take action, you’ll keep wondering What if? You will struggle with self-doubt and question your decisions.
Taking action builds experience and boosts your confidence.
It also allows you to discover new resources and information that will contribute to your success.
Your Time Is Limited
Steve Jobs once said that remembering you’re going to die is the best way to stop thinking you have something to lose.
Your time on this earth is limited. You never know what’s going to happen a month or a year from now on.
You might never get a second chance to rent that perfect office space in your area, go to that meeting you’ve been postponing for weeks or apply for your dream job.
Take action today! Don’t settle for anything less than you deserve!
One Thing Leads to Another
Getting started is often the hardest yet the most important step to success.
Once you make that first step, everything else will fall into place.
It may or may not work out as you hope, however it will lead to something new.
Think of it as an opportunity to grow and learn.
Let’s say you want to apply for a job that sounds perfect for you, but you know you aren’t quite qualified enough. Yes, it’s scary to apply, yet what’s really at stake?
Even if you don’t get the job, you’ll get practice interviewing for your dream job.
You’ll also get feedback on what you need to focus on to get a similar job in the future.
When you start taking action, you get results.
Develop Your Skills
Whether your projects succeed or fail, there’s always a chance to learn new things.
Taking action will help develop your skills, leading to greater confidence.
The next time you want to take action on a dream, you’ll feel better prepared and have more experience.
On top of that, you’ll approach things from a new perspective and won’t repeat the same mistakes.