Jan 22, 2012

Oh, naysayers..

"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 memorandum, 1876.

"We don't like their sound and guitar music is on the way out" - Decca Recording Company, rejecting the Beatles in 1962.

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" - H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, on the introduction of sound in film, 1972.

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

"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports show that America likes crispy cookies, not the soft and chewy cookies like you make" - Response to Debbie Fields idea of starting Mrs Field's Cookies.

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We have (at least) one in our life.

One who tells us in such a meticulous way that our idea is not good enough, we might not be able to pull it off. Or one who tells us that our plan is impossible to be done, our dream is going to kill us. You know, people who tell those demotivating things that pull us down.

I have met those kind of people, many of them.
And I have two words that keep me going: ignore them :)

As my current favorite quote says, 'Where focus goes energy flows', don't focus on naysayers, don't spend too much energy on them. Let's focus on our dream and how to make it real.

And then comes this question,
"how if they, naysayers, are our closest people, like family, siblings, best friends, our loved ones? This kind of people have a good reason not to agree with us, you know, they are being protective. They don't want to see us fail, or hurt in some matter. And how if they're right?"

Well, it's not our job to convince everyone in our life to agree with us. People hear what they want to hear. People believe what they want to believe. If they want to believe that our idea is not going to work, let them be. If we focus on achieving our dream, I believe it's always about time until we do achieve it. And it's about time until we convince those naysayers to finally support us.

Instead of taking their fears seriously and doubting our dreams, why don't we take our dreams seriously and doubt their fears? The world has witnessed many naysayers made huge mistakes, just like those people I mentioned earlier. Why don't we learn from those stories? :)

Anyway, I believe that victory comes to the most persevering.
I'll say, never, ever, give up on your dreams.

Ps. How I thank God that Debbie Fields kept her faith and didn't repel her brilliant idea. Cookies world was so dry (literally) and boring back then until finally Mrs Field's Cookies exists. God bless her for the chewy chunk and happy mouths they make :)


long live Mrs Fields! :p