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Henry Ford pioneered not only the automotive industry, but the manufacturing industry, and really, the employment industry.
He took risks, broke all the rules with the way things were done, and developed a great product that ultimately changed the world.
He wasn’t the guy that invented the automobile – but he certainly set the standard for how they should be made.
According to Wikipedia:
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.
Although Ford invented neither the automobile nor the assembly line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford. In doing so, Ford converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity into a practical conveyance that would profoundly impact the landscape of the 20th Century. 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. He is credited with “Fordism“: mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers. Ford had a global vision, with consumerism as the key to peace. His intense commitment to systematically lowering costs resulted in many technical and business innovations, including a franchise system that put dealerships throughout most of North America and in major cities on six continents. Ford left most of his vast wealth to the Ford Foundation and arranged for his family to control the company permanently.
Check out these quotes about business, leadership, and innovation from Henry Ford:
There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: make the best quality goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
Don’t find fault, find a remedy.
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say what is and what is definitely not possible.
A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.
You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.
Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses.’
You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
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.
Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars.
Vision without execution is just hallucination.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
Employers only handle the money – it is the customer who pays the wages.