Henry Ford, the man taught America to drive.
Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, is a man of inspiration. During the time when horseless carriages were rare and expensive, usually only for the rich and the wealthiest, Ford Motors proved to be affordable and reliable, ‘automobile for the masses’, as they called it. Henry Ford sparked a modern industrial revolution.
As it turns out, Ford had extremely interesting insights about business, leadership and entrepreneurship.
- “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
He made on-going changes in design of the Ford, improving the product while cutting down on prices.
- “If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”
By 1916, half the America owned a Ford motor car.
- “A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.”
He believed in creating the best possible goods at the least possible prices.
- “To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.”
Ford motors brought the pleasures of owning an automobile to most families in America.
- “You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.”
He hired African-Americans, women and disabled people long before most other business owners did so, and was passionately committed to the principle of paying good wages to hire and keep the best employees.
- “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses.”
- “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
He built a company for the people, with the help of people he treated like family.
- “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.”
He did have a quirky sense of humor.
- “There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.”
He dreamed of something that was rare in existence at that time.
- “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”
You can do something big, if you consistently work to tackle problems, instead of just cribbing about them.