Success comes in cans!

Success comes in cans!
Used with permission of Joel H. Weldon & Associates, Inc.

Some said, “It can’t be done!” But “Success comes in CANS, not in cannots!”

The first successful cast iron plow invented in the United States in 1797 was rejected by New Jersey farmers under the theory that cast iron poisoned the land and stimulated growth of weeds.

In Germany, it was “proven” by experts that if trains went at the frightful speed of 15 miles per hour, blood would spurt from the travelers’ noses, and that the passengers would suffocate going through tunnels.

Commodore Vanderbilt dismissed Westinghouse and his new air brakes for trains with the remark that he had no time to waste on fools.

Those who loaned Robert Fulton money for his steamboat project stipulated that their names be withheld for fear of ridicule were it known that they supported anything so “foolhardy.”

In 1881, when the New York YWCA announced typing lessons for women, vigorous protests were made on the grounds that the female constitution would break down under the strain.

Men insisted that iron ships would not float, that they would damage more easily than wooden ships when grounding, that it would be difficult to preserve the iron bottoms from rust, and that iron would deflect the compass.

Joshua Coppersmith was arrested in Boston for trying to sell stock in the telephone. “All well-informed people know that it is impossible to transmit the human voice over a wire.”

The editor of the Springfield Republican refused an invitation to ride in an early automobile, claiming it was incompatible with the dignity of his position.

Chauncey M. Depew confessed that he warned his nephew not to invest $5,000 in Ford stocks because “nothing has come along to beat the horse.”

In 1907, when DeForest put the radio tube in workable form, he was not able to sell his patent and so let it lapse rather than pay $25 for its renewal.

Henry Morton, the president of Stevens Institute of Technology, protested against the trumpeting of results of Edison’s experiments in electric lighting as a “wonderful success” when “everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize it as a conspicuous failure.”


Carl Mazzanti is Co-Founder and President of eMazzanti Technologies, Microsoft’s four time Partner of the Year and one of the premier IT consulting services for businesses throughout the New York metropolitan area and internationally. Carl and his company manage over 400 active accounts ranging from professional services firms to high-end global retailers.

eMazzanti is all about delivering powerful, efficient outsourced IT services, such as computer network management and troubleshooting, managed print, PCI DSS compliance, green computing, mobile workforce technology, information security, cloud computing, and business continuity and disaster recovery.  

Carl Mazzanti is also a frequent business conference speaker and technology talk show guest and contributor at Microsoft-focused events, including frequent prominent roles at the Microsoft Inspire (Worldwide Partner Conference / WPC).

Carl, a serial Entrepreneur, gives back to the community through Entrepreneur teaching engagements at Georgetown University, the company’s ocean wildlife conservation effort, the Blue Project, and Tree Mazzanti.



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