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I love reading autobiographies, especially about individuals who made a serious impact on the world.
So I want to start my first book review on “My Life and Work” by Henry Ford and author Samuel Crowther.
If you want to check out the book yourself, you can buy it by clicking here. Don’t worries, I don’t get any commission, I just wanted to spread the wealth of knowledge.
I am not really into cars, I like to drive nice cars but I don’t like anything that deals with fixing them.(Hey I’m a girl, what do you expect.) Anyways, the important lessons I learned is why I wanted to share this with you.
If you don’t recognized the brand logo up above, it is car brand founded by an amazing individual, Henry Ford.
Unfortunately I don’t drive a Ford, I drive a Toyota but Mr. Ford still rocks in my book.
If learn about him, you will find out that he wasn’t really a smart man according to his peers and society.
Despite his massive success, he didn’t graduate from high school and he only made it to middle school.
So how did he achieve massive success?…you ask
One message that stood out from this book, is that you don’t have to be some honor roll student or do well in school to be successful in life.
Lesson #1 – PERSERVERANCE
Henry Ford wasn’t a genius or anything. He wasn’t the only trying to build a horseless carriage. There were many others in pursuit of that vision. What set him apart from everyone else was that he didn’t give up like the rest of the others. Despite all his failures and money problems, he never gave up.
Lesson #2 – SHINE BRIGHTLY
Mr. Ford didn’t really have a massive amounts of money sitting around so he can run advertising campaigns. So he cleverly found a way to make him stand out, a way to get his invention out in the open for everyone to see. He made a bet with a famous race driver named Barney Oldfield, that he could beat him in a race. Barney was already a well known, guy, so when the word got out, there were already reporters waiting at the race track. Henry Ford did beat Barney and got the exposure he needed which allowed him to shine brightly like a bright star at night.
Lesson #3 – OPPORTUNITIES
Mr. Ford worked with a lot of engineers, so he had a lot of access to a lot of knowledge. He got an idea from his engineers about building a assembly line to speed up the process. So Henry took initiative and followed through with the idea. He kept an open and recognized that this idea can be a great opportunity to rapidly grow his company.
Lesson #4 – RECOGNIZE YOUR WEAKNESSES
Thinking positively about yourself or having a strong self image is advantageous, but in Henry Fords case, he let his ego get to him. He let the public and his peers get to his head, that he is more than just a automotive master but a true genius. It affected his decisions and eventually blinded him from taking the right action that could of allow him to avoid costly mistakes.
Lesson #5 – LEARN AND ADAPT
The success of Fords company produced rivals and enemies. One of his rivals, Alfred Sloan learned earl on that cars represent status. So he decided to build a variety of car models for different levels of class and income. Mr. Ford failed to recognized this and got hurt badly by not building luxury line of Ford vehicles.
Please check out the book and let me know what you think and how it has inspired you to take new action in life.