So if you’re an outsider you should actively seek out contrarian projects. Instead of working on things the eminent have made prestigious, work on things that could steal that prestige.
The really juicy new approaches are not the ones insiders reject as impossible, but those they ignore as undignified. For example, after Wozniak designed the Apple II he offered it first to his employer, HP. They passed. One of the reasons was that, to save money, he’d designed the Apple II to use a TV as a monitor, and HP felt they couldn’t produce anything so declasse.” —Paul Graham - “The Power of the Marginal” (via scheuguy)