7 Success Lessons from Henry Ford

HENRY FORD WITH ENGINE.  Henry Ford shocked the automotive world 60 years ago by doing the impossible -- mass-producing the V-8 engine.  Here he is shown with his first "production" engine which is now displayed in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn MI.  A brass tag on the first engine reads:  "This is V-8 No. 1 motor.  Hold for Mr. H. Ford." ************** From The collections of Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village and Ford Motor Company.  **************
HENRY FORD WITH ENGINE. Henry Ford shocked the automotive world 60 years ago by doing the impossible -- mass-producing the V-8 engine. Here he is shown with his first "production" engine which is now displayed in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn MI. A brass tag on the first engine reads: "This is V-8 No. 1 motor. Hold for Mr. H. Ford." ************** From The collections of Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village and Ford Motor Company. **************

1. Serve Others

“A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.”

The secret to success lies in serving others!  All successful people serve, the greater the success, the greater the service.  Wealth is created from service, wealth only comes from service.  Ford said, “Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.”  Who are you serving?

2. Focus

“There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.”

You are completely unaware of your potential, because you’ve never focused all of your efforts on one task.  You spend an hour of your day doing this, three hours doing that, but you never focus all of your attention to one assignment.

When you focus your life, impossibilities become possibilities.  Get focused, you can do more than you think you can!

3. Be Productive

“It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.”

We all have 24 hours in our day, yet some succeed while others fail.  Why is this?  The reason is because some successfully control their day, while others are controlled by their day.  Some dictate where their day goes, while other’s let their day dictate where they go.

If you fail, you will fail because you failed to make excellent use of your time, if you succeed, you will have succeeded in mastering your time!  Are you mastering your time?

4. Solve Problems

“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”

You will only be rewarded for the problems that you solve for other people.  Are you solving any problems?  If you solve big problems you will receive big rewards, if you solve little problems, then you will receive little rewards.  If you solve problems for a few people, then your payment will be small, if you solve problems for the masses, then you will become rich.

Don’t waste your time going around problems, solve them!

5. Nothing is Particularly Hard

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”

Henry Ford said, “There are no big problems; there are just a lot of little problems.”  When you think about it…you see how true this is, nothing is really “that hard.”  You climb a mountain one step at a time; the individual steps aren’t hard; the hard part is being consistent.

Eat your elephant one bite at a time, and one day it will be all gone.

6. Keep Your Eye on the Prize

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”

Never take your eyes off your goal!  It is the goal that motivates; it is the goal that gives you the strength to keep going.  You must consistently see what you want to be.  You must see the goal as complete; you must experience the goal as accomplished in your imagination.

7. Think!

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”

Thinking is how you prepare, it’s the hard work, it’s where you figure out the little nuances and “make ready” your plans.  Ford said, “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.”  Are you ready?  Are you thinking?

Thinking is the hard work, but someone’s gotta do it, someone’s gotta get ready to succeed!

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