I saw this quote this morning and I was inspired to capture some of the things that visions of countries, teams or even individuals have delivered to the world because they were too driven (or stubborn ;-) to be silenced or demotivated by the naysayers.  

“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were and ask 'why not'?”

—John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
35th Us President

We all have similar tool-sets; not all the great inventions or achievements have come from Mensa-level scientists; some come from politicians, some come from university dropouts, and yes, some come from Mensa level scientists. I though I would just capture, for fun, some of the things that mankind has done in the last century or so. 

Of course, at least for the believers, the missions to space and eventually the moon with the Apollo program may be our greatest accomplishment from some perspectives. It is hard to believe that this happened almost 50 years ago already.

Not only did Alexander Graham Bell make it possible for us to speak to one another irrespective of our location, he also indirectly kicked-off a love affair with the phone that eventually provided us with smart-phones in our hands in almost any area of the world, where we can have access to almost anyone or anything at least from a communication and information perspective.

And from the college drop-out category, Steve Jobs not only provided us with a tool for carrying all of our music in our pocket or on an armband, he also help legitimize electronic the music business thereby almost single-handedly saving the music business from the threat of destruction by the peer-to-peer music sharing that was occurring at the beginning of the 21st century.

A funny story that a colleague told me was that he showed his daughter of 10 years old some of his LP collection and told her how he used to listen to music in his day. She said, "Wow, how big was the iPod to play those?"

How can I leave out Elon Musk, who not only brought us PayPal but, arguably the most successful fully electric car. The jury is still out on whether Tesla will ultimately be a successful and profitable car company but it is still a fantastic achievement nevertheless. 

So what will the next visionaries bring us to change our lives or save the planet? If you think that you have something to offer mankind or even your country or community, it seems that you should bullishly push your ideas forward and pay no attention to those who say it cannot be done. 

BTW, I'm still waiting for my flying car, and jet-pack not to mention a transporter service that guarantees my atoms will all be in relatively the same place at my destination.  

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Comment by Brian Ritchie on August 10, 2015 at 7:33pm

Good one Martin.  While flying cars never made it, it seems driverless cars will be here soon.

Comment by Lorne Alan Riley on August 11, 2015 at 12:49am

Great post Martin...and Brian let's not count out flying cars just yet!

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