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Strategies of Satan (5 of 7)
THEY SAID IT COULDN'T BE DONE!
"They" said the 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, l876)
"They" said 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 1920's.
"They" said 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.)
"They said it couldn't be done." 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 staring Mrs. Fields Cookies.)
:They said it couldn't be done. There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home. (Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp, 1977)
"They said it couldn't be done." We don't like their sound and guitar music is on its way out. (Decca Recording Co., rejecting the Beatles, 1962)
"They said it couldn't be done." Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." (Lord Kelving, president, Royal Society, 1895)
"They said it couldn't be done." 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 Note Pads.)
They said it couldn't be done. "Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground and try to find oil.? You're crazy. (Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in l859)
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