A Series of Business Tips from Henry Ford
Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and the sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production…. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As the owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
~ Henry Ford
Can you imagine what our world would be like if Henry Ford had given up after his first ‘failure’?
Ford and people like him understood the value of ‘failure’. I put ‘failure’ in quotes because ‘failure’ is not what we think it is! It is, as Fords says … “simply the opportunity to begin again…”
Our greatest learning tool is failure! I learned as a sales person that every no I received when giving a sales presentation just brought me closer to closing the next sale. And I learned and perfected my technique in the meantime.
Failure just shows us what does not work so me can discover what will work.
Don’t look at failure as a means to give up! Your best creation is just that much closer!!
Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.
~ Henry Ford
This is my favorite Henry Ford quote …. even he knew the power of the mind!
It is not always a matter of skill, as much as it is a matter of what you believe.
According to Henry (and lots of other successful people), if you think you are successfully able to fulfill a task or purpose in your life, you will succeed. And if you can’t believe you will succeed, your won’t.
Sound easy? Well, think about something you passionately pursued …. did you succeed? Most likely, you kept at it until you DID succeed. Whereas, if you don’t believe you can be successful, you probably won’t even try.
Does that give you a whole new look at life and your business? It did for me!!
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
~ Henry Ford
I don’t know much about airplanes, but found it fascinating that they take off AGAINST the wind, not with the wind.
But then, I remembered that we often learn our best lessons when we are in the midst of (or just gone through) a period of adversity.
(Or maybe you are better at learning without going through the hard knocks of life, like me!)
Each time I go through a rough time, I try to remember that once I work through the ‘other side’ I will be wiser and better equipped to take the next step in life and business.
Next time you go through adversity, remember that we rise to our best self when we lean in and “take off against the wind!”