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The value of “experts”

April 10, 2012

Do you have an “expert” in your life telling you that your body is in some way “doomed”? Maybe you’re being told that a hip or knee replacement is inevitable. Or that the only way you’ll get out of pain is to have spinal surgery. Or maybe “they” have told you that fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue is permanent and incurable. Or that the only way you can deal with your plantar fascitis is to buy fancy new “motion control” shoes. Or that running itself is ‘bad for your knees’.

Don’t believe any of it. What is possible for you is far greater than what most “experts” can envision. Your body is a marvelous thing with an amazing capacity to regenerate. You just have to take the right steps to get the desired result. You know who the greatest “expert” is on your body? You! Trust your own instincts. If they’re telling you this can get better without surgery, perhaps you should listen.

If you’d like to prove the “experts” in your life wrong and want some help figuring out how to do it, call our clinic at 512-527-0030. It will be our pleasure to partner with you and help you map out an action plan to help your body go fantastic places it hasn’t been in years, maybe ever!

And in the meantime, here are some quotes from “experts” through history. Enjoy!

“Heavier-than-air flying machines
are impossible.”

— Lord Kelvin,
president, Royal Society, 1895.

“If I had thought about it,
I wouldn’t have done the experiment.
The literature was full of examples
that said you can’t do this.”

— Spencer Silver on the work
that led to the unique adhesives
for 3-M “Post-It” notepads

“Drill for oil?
You mean drill into the ground
to try and find oil?
You’re crazy!”

— Drillers who Edwin L. Drake
tried to enlist to his project
to drill for oil in 1859.

“Stocks have reached what looks like
a permanently high plateau.”

— Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics,
Yale University, 1929.

“Airplanes are interesting toys
but of no military value.”

— Marechal Ferdinand Foch,
Professor of Strategy,
Ecole Superieure de Guerre, France.

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

— Charles H. Duell,
Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899.

“The super computer is technologically
impossible.
It would take all of the water that flows
over Niagara Falls to cool the heat
generated by the number
of vacuum tubes required.”

— Professor of Electrical Engineering,
New York University.

“I don’t know what use any one could find
for a machine that would make copies of documents.
It certainly couldn’t be a feasible business by itself.”

— the head of IBM,
refusing to back the idea,
forcing the inventor to found Xerox.

“Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs
is ridiculous fiction.”

— Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology
at Toulouse, 1872.

“The abdomen, the chest, and the brain
will forever be shut
from the intrusion
of the wise and humane surgeon.”

— Sir John Eric Ericksen,
British surgeon,
appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary
to Queen Victoria 1873.

“There is no reason anyone would want
a computer in their home.”

–Ken Olson, president,
chairman and founder of
Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”

— Thomas Watson,
chairman of IBM, 1943.

“I have traveled the length
and breadth of this country
and talked with the best people
and I can assure you
that data processing is a fad
that won’t last out the year.”

–The editor in charge of business books
for Prentice Hall, 1957.

“But what is it good for?”

— Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems
Division of IBM, 1968,
commenting on the microchip

“640K ought to be enough for anybody.”

— Bill Gates, 1981

“This telephone has too many shortcomings
to be seriously considered
as a means of communication.
The device is inherently of no value to us.”

— Western Union internal memo, 1876

“The wireless music box
has no imaginable commercial value.
Who would pay for a message
sent to nobody in particular?”

— David Sarnoff’s associates
in response to his urgings for investment
in the radio in the 1920s

“The concept is interesting and well-formed,
but in order to earn better than a ‘C,’
the idea must be feasible.”

— A Yale University management professor
in response to Fred Smith’s paper
proposing reliable overnight delivery service.
(Smith went on to found
Federal Express Corp.)

“I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable
who’s falling on his face
and not Gary Cooper.”
— Gary Cooper on his decision
not to take the leading role in
“Gone with the Wind.”

“A cookie store is a bad idea.
Besides, the market research reports say
America likes crispy cookies,
not soft and chewy cookies like you make.”

— Response to Debbi Fields’ idea of
starting Mrs. Fields’ Cookies.

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An update, and a great video

April 2, 2012

Hey guys, I apologize for not having more timely updates here. Much has been afoot. I had the radio show going there for 3 months and that took up a chunk of time. For a number of reasons, we decided to discontinue it, but not because no one was listening. In fact, quite the opposite. We were getting off to one of the fastest starts that VoiceAmerica radio has ever seen. What they told me was that, typically, their top rated shows would take a few months to get 1000 listens a month, then a few more to get over 5,000, then would grow from there. One of the things that’s cool about Internet radio is you can get very precise information about how many people are listening and in what format. Here’s what our listener numbers came in at:

Month 1 – Dec: 2,720
Month 2 – Jan: 5,208
Month 3 – Feb: 13,024

People were listening, and that is very gratifying. What this tells me is people are hungry for hearing about how to get out of pain. All of us, Egoscue therapists AND clients, have a story to tell. Too many people are out there hurting needlessly. So thank you for keeping on spreading the message. I hope to have the MP3s from the radio show available on our website soon. I’ll post more about that when I have it.

In the meantime, a few good friends strongly recommended a video from the excellent TED series. You can get quite an education from watching TED videos. This one is about our nation’s identity, about who we are and what we believe and how we will ultimately be defined. It is superb, and I strongly recommend it to you. Here it is:


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