I saw a picture the other day of all the different cell phones that have been around over the years. It made me think about Alexander Graham Bell who was experimenting with getting sound to travel across a wire because his mom and his wife were both hearing-impaired. He changed the world when that first “call” went through in 1876 and the telephone was born.
Then ten short years ago, in 2007, Steve Jobs released the iPhone. Rather than just a device for talking to someone, it was a mini-computer that put every piece of information you would ever need in your pocket. Again the world was changed.
It took many experiments and failures for Bell to finally figure out how to create a phone. And ten years before Apple came out with the iPhone, Microsoft had to “save” them by funnelling $150 million into the company. The iPhone almost never arrived.
Can you even remember what it was like before the iPhone came on the scene? It thinks for us, gives us directions, allows us to share videos, Skype, research, work and connect.
And yet just like the first phone that Bell created, at some point not that long ago, the iPhone was just an idea. A dream. That someone had the passion to pursue.
I’m sure the first time it was mentioned it seemed ludicruous. Impossible. Until one day it was a game-changer.
As Steve Jobs once said, “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
What is the idea in your head that you’ve been dreaming about? What can you do to start bringing it to life? Without you it might never see the light of day.
It’s your call.