On June 4th, 1896, one hundred and twenty-two years ago, Henry Ford drove his first automobile through the streets of Detroit. It was basically a carriage with no horse powered by gasoline. It had no brakes and just two speeds, but it was the start of a game-changing journey.
Although Ford went bankrupt twice, he didn’t stop believing in his dream and he ended up selling almost 17 million Model T Fords.
During a time when people were used to travelling by horse, what must people have said to Ford when he said he was creating a horseless carriage? How many people would have told him he was crazy? And how many people among us today know the name Ford?
Ford never gave up. He said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” He also said, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
If Ford can create a car when everyone else is using a horse and carriage, and go bankrupt twice before selling almost 17 million Model T Fords, what can we do today? It’s not going to be easy to blaze a trail but Ford reminds us that, “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”