by Arif Anis
- Nokia – the world’s largest mobile company in its time, treated Android as rubbish.
- Yahoo – the world’s leading company, rejected the deal at the last minute – they could have brought Google.
- Kodak – rejected the digital camera, after all only they knew the photography business.
- Blockbuster – refused to buy Netflix.
Rejected – the corporate landscape of the 21st century flipped and humbled the big companies.
What lessons have we learned?
- There is nothing wrong with taking risks.
- You must change yourself ahead of time or change will overtake you.
- Change brings benefits.
- Reach out to your opponents to make them your allies.
- Once you reach the top, help others up.
- Keep inventing yourself.
Let’s also remember its never too late:
- Age is simply a few digits.
- Stay the course and you will arrive.
In the early 1960s Enzo Ferrari and his cars were the superpower of luxury sports cars. Ferruccio Lamborghini took his complaints about his Ferrari all the way to Enzo, who didn’t appreciate being given technical notes from a young tractor manufacturer.
Driven by Enzo’s insult, Ferruccio got to work designing his own car, in 4 months unveiled the Lamborghini 350 GTV at the Turin Motor Show in October 1963. By the end of 1964 Lamborghini sold his first 13 cars (renamed 350 GT), the humble tractor manufacturer became a formidable rival over the years. It all goes to show that no matter how successful, it’s never a good idea to underestimate your critics!
- Never insult anyone.
- Never consider others inferior.
- Spend your time productively.
- Never be afraid to fail.