Creativity can be undertaken if you take your mind to limits beyond the ordinary visible extremes. Now these extremes might appear to be ridiculous to some (in authority). Thus it becomes a test of your steel nerves to pursue your idea or to give it up. Below are facts about some inventors who were ridiculed and discouraged but their inner strength and faith in their idea motivated them to pursue, and to-day the world consider them as “great”, and genius”.
- Guglielmo Marconi ( 25 April 1874– 20 July 1937) was an Italian inventor, known as the father of long distance radio transmission , for his development of Marconi's law and a radio telegraph system. Marconi is often credited as the inventor of radio, and indeed he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun "in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy"
It may interest you to know that Marconi’s “friends “ had him taken into custody and examined in a psychopathic hospital , when he announced that he had discovered a principle through which he could send messages through the air, without the aid of wires , or other physical means of communication. Their minds were so closed to the possibility, that they thought their friend had gone mad.
3. "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.
Wright Brothers First Airplane
4. Wright Bros (flying machines)- After their Kitty Hawk success, The Wrights flew their machine in open fields next to a busy rail line in Dayton Ohio for almost an entire year. American authorities refused to come to the demos, and Scientific American Magazine published stories about "The Lying Brothers." Even the local Dayton newspapers never sent a reporter (but they did complain about all the letters they were receiving from local "crazies" who reported the many flights.) Finally the Wrights packed up, and moved to Europe, where they caused an over-night sensation, and sold aircraft contracts to France, Germany, Britain etc. About their remarkable invention, following are some comments by people of authority.)
5. "Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." - Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
6. “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." - Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
7. "It is apparent to me that the possibilities of the aeroplane, which two or three years ago were thought to hold the solution to the [flying machine] problem, have been exhausted, and that we must turn elsewhere." (Thomas Edison, 1895)
Lack of Faith
8. In 1943, Tom Watson, chairman of IBM, said, “I think there is a world market , for may be five computers”. A statement that seems utterly ridiculous now, especially as there are some homes with that many.
9. "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." - Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
10. "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." – Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
11. "Caterpillar landships are idiotic and useless. Those officers and men are wasting their time and are not pulling their proper weight in the war" - Fourth Lord of the British Admiralty, 1915, in regards to use of tanks in war (Ref:
12. In 1876 Gharam Bell invented telephone. Some remarks of a great company of the era were, "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
13. This useless device may better be utilised in some circus”.
14. Parker Bros. initially rejected inventor Clarence Darrow's board game Monopoly due to '52 fundamental playing errors'. He thought they were wrong so started production himself. Once the success of the formula became apparent, Parker Bros. decided to take on production after all.
15. "All a trick." "A Mere Mountebank." "Absolute swindler." "Doesn't know what he's about." "What's the good of it?" "What useful purpose will it serve?" - Members of Britain's Royal Society, 1926, after a demonstration of television.
16. The Bic pen was named after its French Inventor Marcel Bich. However they decided to drop the 'H' from the name fearing that the American market might pronounce the name 'Bitch'.
17. Edward Jenner was laughed at , and ridiculed when he claimed that if you took puss from a sick cow and poked a person's arm with it, it would somehow prevent the person from getting sick! It was the basis for all modern vaccination.
Inventors and Inventions
18. "Such startling announcements as these should be deprecated as being unworthy of science and mischievous to its true progress" – Sir William Siemens, 1880, on Edison's announcement of a successful light bulb.
19. "Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever." - Thomas Edison, 1889. These were the comments of the great inventor, about another equally great but little less know scientist , who invented AC , and insisted that it is the current of the future.
20. "There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It wo
21. The energy produced by the atom is a very poor kind of thing. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of these atoms is talking moonshine" - Ernst Rutherford, 1933
Victory of Strong Will
22. "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" - H.M. Warner, WarnerBrothers, 1927.
23. We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." - Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
24. "Space travel is bunk" -Sir Harold Spencer Jones, Astronomer Royal of Britain, 1957, two weeks before3 the launch of Sputnik
25. "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.)