So the list below contains what these people and products symbolize - failed predictions for what we know success stories that changed the world. So the next time you think your product or your service will never see the light of day just imagine what these people and creations went through. Intention/Mechanism = When the intention is Clear; The Mechanism Will Appear and that's why they became successful in their fields.
4.** “The abolishment of pain in surgery is a chimera. It is absurd to goon seeking it…knife and pain are two words in surgery that must forever beassociated in the consciousness of the patient.” – Dr. Alfred Velpeau,surgeon, 1839.** **
6.** “No one will pay good money to get from **Berlin** to **Potsdam** (ona train) in one hour when he can ride his horse there in one day for free.”– King William I of **Prussia**, 1864.** **
7.** “I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume shouldshock the religious sensibilities of anyone.” – Charles Darwin, The OriginOf Species, 1869.** **
8.** “Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.” – PierrePachet, British surgeon and Professor of Physiology, 1872.** **
9.** “The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We haveplenty of messenger boys.” – Sir William Preece, the British Post Office,1876.** **
If only Preece could see how the phone has evolved now!
11.** “X-rays will prove to be a hoax.” – Lord Kelvin, President of theRoyal Society, 1883.** **
12.** “I’m sorry; Mr Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use theEnglish language.” -The **San Francisco** Examiner, rejecting a submissionby Rudyard Kipling in 1889.** **
13.** “The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty – afad.” – The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford’slawyer, Horace Rackham, not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903.** **
14.** “The invention of aircraft will make war impossible in the future.” –George Gissing, 1903.** **
15.** Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” – MarechalFerdinand Foch, 1904.** **
16.** “Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.” – Grover **Cleveland**, **U.S.** President, 1905.** **
17.** “The cinema is little more than a fad. It’s canned drama.. What audiences really want to see is flesh and blood on the stage.” – CharlieChaplin, 1916.** **
18.** “TV will never be a serious competitor for radio because people mustsit and keep their eyes glued on a screen; the average American familyhasn’t time for it.” – unknown, from The New York Times, 1939.** **
19.** You better get secretarial work or get married.” – Emmeline Snively,advising Marilyn Monroe in 1944.** **
20.** “I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and talkedwith 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.** **
21.** “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” –Decca Recording Co., rejecting The Beatles, 1962** ** 1970s** **
22.** “By 1985, air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlightreaching earth by one half…” Life magazine, 1970** **
My most favorite failed prediction...
23.** “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” KenOlson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp, 1977.** **
24.** “For the most part, the portable computer is a dream machine for thefew … On the whole, people don’t want to lug a computer with them to thebeach or on a train to while away hours they would rather spend reading thesports or business section of the newspaper.” Erik Sandberg-Diment, New YorkTimes, 1985.** **
25.** “The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works” – Clifford Stoll, 1995** **
26.** “You’ll never make any money out of children’s books” –Advice to JKRowling from Barry Cunningham, editor at **Bloomsbury* * Books, 1996.** **
27.** “Next Christmas the iPod will be dead, finished, gone, kaput” SirAlan Sugar, 2005.*
...And maybe the 27th prediction may be right because now there's an IPAD But then again 26 predictions have been wrong before so we will never know...
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