10 of Henry Ford's Most Inspiring Quotes
By Tom Hasker, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International
Here is a challenge for you...Try to find someone in your life right now, who hasn't heard of the 'Ford' company and is over the age of say, 10 years old?! Almost everyone, regardless of their driving abilities or their interest in cars, has heard of the car maker, but what mantras did the engineering great who founded it live by?
We know that Henry Ford was mentored by Thomas Edison and was one of the founding members of a powerful mastermind group called 'The Vagabonds'; however what words of wisdom has he left us, having created a multi-billion pound engineering company, and providing mobility to millions of families around the world?
"Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't, you're right."
This first quote - as featured above - is one of my favourite from Mr Ford, because of it's simplicity and because it shows me that I need to be responsible with my thoughts and feelings. Whatever I want to create, I must understand and believe in it first.
"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me."
"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself."
"Don't find fault, find a remedy."
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."
"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do."
"A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business."
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
"An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous."
Maybe you are looking to start a business yourself, or you are leading one and want to optimise it for your staff and clients?
So which of these quotes really resonates with you? Share in the comments below or add any of your own favourite quotes...
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I write and am passionate about improving engineering & science especially transport, energy, water & sanitation and how we can use these disciplines responsibly with greater awareness. These disciplines have driven mankind in all exploration, development and advancement for generations and it is where the solutions lie to many of our current challenges.