Reminders to help us keep an open mind—Part 2


bright red and orange open signLast week’s Perspectives began a series of prophetic statements reported to have been made in the past that have proven to be inaccurate. Here we go with the second installment:

  • “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 Corporation.
  • “Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.” – Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.
  • “Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” – Marechal Ferdinand Foch, French Soldier and First World War Commander in Chief of the Allied Armies.
  • “I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.” – Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in “Gone with the Wind.”
  • “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 starting Mrs. Fields’ Cookies.
  • “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” – Lord William Thomson Kelvin, University of Glasgow and President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1895.
  • “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” Notepads.
  • “Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.” – Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.

Again we see how God has blessed his creation with incredible intelligence, even though premature prognostications, in hindsight, turn out to be equally incredibly short sighted.

Stay tuned for next week’s conclusion to this series.

May our gracious God bless and keep you in his love and care!

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