Predicting the future

“Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal.”  

 Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 Imagine if these people had given up how different life would be today…. 

“Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances.”

 –Dr. Lee DeForest, “Father of Radio & Grandfather of Television.” 

 “The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives.”

–Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project 

“There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.”

–Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923 

“Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”

–Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949  

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”

–Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943 

“I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with 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 

“But what .. is it good for?” commenting on the microchip.

–Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968 

“640K ought to be enough for anybody.”

–Bill Gates, 1981 

Amazing isn’t it? 

Until tomorrow, stick with what you believe is right – don’t let someone else extinguish your flame.


Start at the beginning

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”

Meister (Sir) Eckhart       1260-1328, German Dominican monk

Well, after two days of no Good Start, here I am back on track again. 

I went to Cape Town for a meeting over the weekend and my plan to write Monday’s post did not work out.  A delay at the airport caused me getting back to work later than anticipated and I had to get to my day job in a hurry.

Tuesday was then my Monday and for some reason, I walked in and started with other things without even giving Good Start a thought – which was not a good start.  I am shocked at how quickly something I consider to be a priority totally slipped off the radar.

This started me thinking about how people complain about “same old, same old”.  Every morning the sun rises – same old, same old, but every day the beauty is different.  Perhaps that is how we should try and see things.  Another day to experience beauty, come into contact with wonderful people and have the opportunity to improve not only our lives, but those around us.

If we can do that consistently – then same old becomes different new.

Until next time, may you enjoy all your new beginnings today.