If You Have A Dream, Don’t Just Sit There!

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…

“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

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

“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.

If You Have A Dream, Don't Just Sit There! - Forward Steps book cover 591px“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” – H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

“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

Have A Dream - Forward Steps image_1“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

“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

“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”.

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.

Have A Dream - Forward Steps image_3There’s a reason why so many intelligent people fail. They tend to overthink everything and are often afraid to take risks.

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.

Have A Dream - Forward Steps image_4No matter your plans, you must take action to bring them to life.

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.


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2 comments for “If You Have A Dream, Don’t Just Sit There!

  1. 2019/05/12 at 11:53

    Glad you found value in reading those, Virginia. They’re especially good to revisit when we might believe some things are not going as well for us as we feel they ought to. 🙂 Cheers, Thea

  2. Virginia Reeves
    2019/05/12 at 02:27

    Fun to read the false predictions and good to get the reminder of ‘keep moving forward’.

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