Who will you believe?

When people believe in themselves, instead of the “experts”… (I haven’t been able to find who to credit for these.)

“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.

“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.

“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”
Decca Recording Co., rejecting the Beatles, 1962

“You want to have consistent and uniform muscle development across all of your muscles? It can’t be done. It’s just a fact of life. You just have to accept inconsistent muscle development as an unalterable condition of weight training.”
Response to Arthur Jones, who solved the “unsolvable” problem by inventing Nautilus

“640K ought to be enough for anybody.”
Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft, 1981

“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 HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak’s personal computer.

“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.

“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”
H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

“Heavier-than-air flying machines are  impossible.”
Lord Kelvin, president, Royal  Society, 1895

 

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