Henry Ford: Thoughts on Business & Life

  1. Getting ready is the secret of success.
  2. As we serve our jobs we serve the world.
  3. Life, as I see it, is not a location, but a journey.
  4. Everything is in flux, and was meant to be. Life flows.
  5. You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
  6. Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!
  7. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
  8. Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.
  9. The man who has the largest capacity for work and thought is the man who is bound to succeed.
  10. Most people spend more time and energy in going around problems than in trying to solve them.
  11. The primary functions are agriculture, manufacture, and transportation. Community life is impossible without them. They hold the world together. Raising things, making things, and earning things are as primitive as human need and yet as modern as anything can be.
  12. The economic fundamental is labor. Labor is the human element which makes the fruitful seasons of the earth useful to men. It is men’s labor that makes the harvest what it is. That is the economic fundamental; every one of us is working with material which we did not and could not create, but which was presented to us by Nature.
  13. Freedom is the right to work a decent length of time and to get a decent living for doing so; to be able to arrange the little personal details of one’s own life. It is the aggregate of these and many other items of freedom which makes up the great idealistic Freedom. The minor forms of Freedom lubricate the everyday life of all of us.
  14. That is the way with wise people–they are so wise and practical that they always know to a dot why something cannot be done; they always know the limitations. That is why I never employ an expert in full bloom. If ever I wanted to kill opposition by unfair means I would endow the opposition with experts. They would have so much good advice that I could be sure they would do little work.

Compiled by Kevin A. Woolsey, Editor of  BRBJ.

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