To Those Who Say, “It Can’t Be Done”
“If you want something new,
you have to stop doing something old.”
I saw an episode of “Family Feud” the other night and one of the answers the audience gave was “Old School Pager.” Ten years ago, almost all business executives had to carry a pager or cell phone to take calls while out of the office. At that time you may have even had a Palm Pilot or other Personal Data Assistant (PDA) to take notes and keep your calendar. If you listened to music you carried an iPod as well.
Then the world changed... In the spring of 2007, Apple introduced a device that combined the cell phone, the PDA, the pager and the iPod into one single device. They even included internet access so you could research while on the go. We know it today as the first iPhone. There was much excitement around the announcement that Steve Jobs made in the public unveiling… but there was plenty of skepticism, too.
“No one’s ever done this before!”
“People won’t carry all this information in one place…it’s too confusing!”
“Why don’t they leave my phone alone?”
And... “What if it fails to catch on with the public?”
Scott Stissel wrote, “They say that Apple Innovator and Pixar founder Steve Jobs would only become more emboldened when people told him that something couldn’t be done.."
This reminds me of a friend that I worked with in 1995 who was discussing our organization having a web site to publicize our location and business. “I think we need to wait a few years to see if the internet will catch on. It may pass away like CB radios!”
It sounds funny today, but if you are old enough you remember the push back the doubting public had to the internet and business websites back then.
Just 10 years ago, the.....