In 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City; Dick Fosbury demonstrated his new style of competing in the High Jump. His method was viewed as a novelty and discounted as a fun gimmick… until he won the Gold medal. Within just a few years; his revolutionary method known as the ‘Fosbury Flop’ became the standard practice and allowed athletes to achieve ever-higher records.
Otto Frederick Rohwedder (inventor of sliced bread) came across some resistance as well. His first machine was lost to a fire in 1912 and it took him until July 7, 1928 before the world was officially introduced to the revolution of pre-sliced bread. Fifteen years later, as a wartime conservation effort, the Federal Government banned pre-sliced bread. The New York Area Supervisor of the Food Distribution Administration wrote a public letter expressing how serious his administration intended “to protect the cooperating bakeries against the unfair competition of those who continue to slice their own bread.”
In 1903, the president of the Michigan Savings Bank advised Henry Ford’s lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., saying ‘The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad.’ Add that to a story about a foundry owner who made Ford completely pay for a prototype in advance for a device that would mix air with gasoline (known as carburetor) because he didn’t believe the contraption would work.
When you start your revolution; there will be an abundance of resistance, doubt, ridicule and the like. It only comes from those who are too scared to make the change, those not creative enough to devise the change, or those too deeply rooted in status quo to see that the change is profitable.
There will also be an abundance of support, talented volunteers, dedicated staff, and money! And it is nearer than you might ever expect. Reach out. Ask for it. Celebrate your victories. It will help build your momentum and spread your message as you change the world.
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