Henry Ford was one of the biggest entrepreneurs ever. In my view, HF is the most underrated businessman in the public eyes. He completely revolutionized the way of public transportation. The founder of the Ford Motor Company played probably the biggest role in terms of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. He successfully managed to manufacture a unique type of the car that was affordable enough for the masses, which was frankly in his times a timeless invention. Let’s take a look at his philosophy, mindset and wisdom from which we can learn.
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.”
HF had been very bright during his lifetime. He acknowledged that the vast majority of people can’t or simply don’t want to use their brains in order to solve any of their problems. He understands the importance of deep thinking and encourages people to become proactive in terms of building a thoughtful mindset./BTWProactivityIsOurPreviousPost/
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
This quote is very motivational. HF basically says that your plans are just thoughts in your head and nobody cares about your thoughts unless you start realizing them. Don’t be contemplating all the time whether the direction of your next steps is right. Just walk and you’ll get to the point somehow. You need to move in order to live successfully.
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”
HF encourages us to be proactive in terms of learning new things. You obviously can’t learn anything from repeating the same things or thinking the same way every single day. You should realize the potential you have. However, your potential is not going to reach its maximum if you don’t do anything for your goals. What teaches you the most? Your own mistakes.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.
A growth mindset is a necessary tool in the life of all the lifelong students. You should want to be one of them. Why? If you stop learning, you stop progressing. Especially these days you just can’t afford to stagnate. The competition is high. Just keep learning every day and you’ll see the huge outcome after years.
“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”
What HF means is that we should be simply concerned about the proactive solution of the present situation. There is no chance to go back in time and change the past, so we shouldn’t be “living” in it with our thoughts. Learn from the faults and leave them immediately. You won’t change it anymore, but you can change your future now.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”
This is the most important thought of all of them! If you should remember just one point, it has to be this one. Your mindset is the main determinant of your future success. If you will manage to become successful all depends vastly on your mindset.
“You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year.”
Another very important thought. Don’t overestimate schools. They can’t actually prepare you for the future. You have to prepare yourself on your own. It’s your own responsibility. The school can actually help you, but it’s only up to you if you can take an advantage from that or you’ll just end up partying and hanging around with friends./If you’re going to the university you should read this post – How to use the time on uni/
“The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.”
All things considered, you can rely only on yourself. This thought-provoking idea encourages us to believe in ourselves. We should be willing to grow on a daily basis in order to become more independent. You don’t have the control over 99% of the events that occur in your life, but the 1% you can influence is crucial
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is a success.”
Even an entrepreneur such as HF was can’t appreciate enough the importance of the good working group of people. The cooperation is the crucial key to the biggest success. If we can cope together, there’s nothing stronger outside. 1+1 could be two, but if you cooperate you can get a different outcome. Together, you can manage to do much more than if you would work on your own. However, don’t forget that you can’t influence other people’s minds if they are not willing to listen to you.
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses.”
When you want to become genuinely successful you should think out of the box. The ability to do so is not something you cannot learn with time. The schools and social pressure are often the main causes of the loss of our creativity. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. We can work on our creativity, change our attitude and most importantly, our mindset. The thoughts of the majority of people are too obsolete for you as a growing person. You shouldn’t listen to them too much. It harms your ambitions and ability to create innovation. Everything is possible, remember!
And a bonus one!
“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”
That is huge! I know you know you shouldn’t… However, everyone does it sometimes. Let’s change the way we work on ourselves. You’ll thank this man later, trust me!
Do you resonate with Henry Ford’s quotes? Which one do you agree with the most? Do you have any ideas that sound crazy, but you believe in them? Lets us know in the comment section!
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